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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Tarkan Updated

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Tarkan poster for 2007 album MetamorfozTarkan's official site has updated its gallery to add the poster that has been distributed recently, thus confirming its official status. Turkish online shopping sites had begun to release promotional pictures of Tarkan's 2007 album Metamorfoz days before it's domestic release.

Meanwhile, as more and more news reports start to use the picture, there is no agreement on a fixed release date. As is usual with Turkish reports, information varies from source to source. Some news reports now write the album will be released on 27 December, but it is generally believed that Metamorfoz is still marked for release for 24 December, with nationwide distribution meaning that hard copies reach different places in Turkey on differing days.

A Two Year Metamorphosis

Tarkan Deluxe reported today about Turkish paper Hürriyet columnist Sema Denker's article ("Returning with Metamorphosis", 17 December 2007), which mentions the star's return to Turkish music after a hiatus of four years with an album two years in the making.

While touching on the 2007 album's history, Denker's column also briefly reflects on Turkish pop diva Sezen Aksu's removal from the album.

After having successfully worked with female songwriters Aksu and Nazan Öncel in previous albums, it was initially thought Tarkan might collaborate with one or both again. However, even though the artist green lighted an Aksu song for the album, he removed the "Nezaket" track from the play list, and surprised critics by getting ready to release an album which consists mostly of his own compositions.

From information published at the artist's official site, seven tracks belong to Tarkan, one track is his long-time sound man and co-producer Ozan Çolakoğlu's contribution, while two tracks are collaborations between the two men.

After the removal of Aksu's song from the 2007 album, for months news speculation about whether or not Tarkan and Aksu's personal relationship had come to an end because of another song filled the papers. The pop pair had initially fallen out in 1998 because of Tarkan's hit track "Şımarık".

Tarkan and Sezen Aksu Report

Turkish TV channel Kanal 1's weekly entertainment news slot "Hey Canlı" aired a report on Monday about the current status of Tarkan and Aksu's relationship.

The TV report ran archived clips from recent news headlines. Alongside Tarkan's "street clash" on 24 November - when the star had became angry over constant questioning over Aksu - were Aksu's own enigmatic comments made two weeks later, after being questioned about Tarkan during a birthday party of a close friend's son.

Kanal D's airing of the video archives show that the Denker article, along with other reports, incorrectly quoted Aksu as saying "Don't let anyone get you accustomed to abuse" (Kimsenin sizi kötüye alıştırmasına izin vermeyin). In the "Hey Canlı" video footage what she really said to reporters, when questioned about giving songs to Tarkan, was, "Don't give malice a chance to get a hold of you" (Kötülüğün sizi ele geçirmesine fırasat vermeyin).

When first reported it seemed as though the pop diva was criticising Tarkan, when in fact her response could be interpreted as a plea for reporters not to allow their personal malice to blind their journalism.

The "Hey Canlı" slot shows current footage of Tarkan answering questions about Aksu directed at him by a news correspondent, too. This time Tarkan was calm, and smiling, while making similar comments to those he made on return from his Riga concert two months ago; there was no question of a rift between the singer and his one-time mentor. They were "emotion buddies" and "friends forever".

You can watch the report, with English subtitles, below.

Watch Kanal 1's TV report on Tarkan and Sezen Aksu

video

Magazine Show Hey Canlı (Kanal 1)
(Aired: 17 December 2007)

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Length: 1:26
Size: 1.48 MB
Sound: 158 kbps (Mono)
Language: Turkish (with English subtitles)

Notes: Tarkan and Sezen Aksu report on Kanal 1's "Hey Canli" weekly entertainment news includes archived footage of previous interviews with Tarkan and Aksu.

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