Tarkan's TRT Repeat Dazzles
Starting at 22.25 (10.25 p.m.) local time on Saturday, it was a 50-minute special extended broadcast with previously unaired songs Tarkan sung during the December recording shown yesterday evening, including live performances and the artist chatting with the audience. In response to one question, Tarkan indicated that a DVD release of his live performances and music videos was long overdue.
TarkanPLUS has described it as worthy of DVD release, and along with a scheduled MTV Türkiye show and a concert in London's Wembley Arena, it seems that Tarkan is building up some quality archives that fans would dearly love to own, too.
Tarkan still number one
In digital music downloads, Tarkan has topped PowerTürk's music shop Power Club sales list for song and album, while being the second highest selling artist at the music platform, after Turkish pop diva Sezen Aksu.
For most downloaded songs, Tarkan appears in top position (with his slow love ballad "Istanbul Ağlıyor") and fifth place with "Dilli Düdük".
It is ironic that Power Club is the digital downloads platform of music station PowerTürk; the broadcaster had initially boycotted Tarkan, going so far as to remove its public voting procedure to privately influence Tarkan's position in its top 40 radio airplay charts. However, their music sales reflect the true story.
The numbers of sales and interest do not seem to reflect the voting procedure at Tarkan's offical site, either, where a few fans are complaining that a minority preferring "Dedikodu" are unfairly influencing the final result in favour of that track, when many believe Tarkan should have filmed a video for slow track, "Istanbul Ağlıyor".
The interim results show "Dedikodu" with a narrow lead over "Dilli Düdük", while "Istanbul Ağliyor" is in a distant third place.