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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Top Ten Tarkan

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

For weeks Turkish media blog TarkanPLUS has been following Tarkan's 2007 Metamorfoz as it makes its mark in the major domestic music charts for sale, including radio and video airplay.

In an openly hostile environment against the artist by major media channels, sales of the album have Tarkan in the top ten of all large shopping sites online, including D&R and Hepsiburda, while Tarkan's opening track "Vay Anam Vay" is in the top five of major music TV stations, such as MTV Türkiye, Kral, Powertürk (finally lifting its boycott), Dream and Number 1 (where it has been number one for 4 consecutive weeks). The song is also topping the radio charts, too, with top five places at popular stations PowerTürk FM, Super FM, Best FM and Radyo D.

Meanwhile in legal digital music downloads, while TTNetMüzik customers of Tarkan's tracks have already reached the 100,000 mark, "Vay" has become one of the highest selling tracks at PowerTürk's music shop Power Club music.

Tarkan took part in the press conference for the opening of TTNetMüzik, which was hosted at Istanbul's Doğus OtoMotion on 3 January, hailing Turkish music into the digital age and taking the first practical step in combating music piracy.

Cross-border Interest

Tarkan at iTunes GermanyAfter the release of Metamorfoz in Germany at the start of the month, the iTunes Germany store has added the album into its archives, with TarkanPLUS reporting that the artist's latest tracks have already become amongst the most popular to be downloaded from his personal catalogue.

Futhermore, Tarkan's artist page at social music site Last.fm, sees his "Vay" track as the second most listened to song, after his 1999 three continent hit "Şımarık".

Last.fm is a UK-based internet radio and music community website, founded in 2002. It claims over 15 million active users based in more than 200 countries.

Music Producer Criticises Tarkan

And finally, the owner of Turkish music label Seyhan Müzik has added his name to Tarkan's list of every growing critics.

In an interview for Turkish paper Sabah, the producer claims that Tarkan's style isn't unique.

"There's many that's making electronic music like Tarkan. It's a style that distorts music. People want to hear the sound of the music. I believe that the old style of song will return again."

Admitting that Tarkan's album sales were going well, he added however that he believed Tarkan still hadn't yet reached the sales he was aiming for.

"Because of his new style, Tarkan hasn't reached the numbers he wants yet," he said.

Seyhan Müzik's site also allows users to buy retailing albums. Tarkan's 2007 domestic release is the highest grossing product at the website (see left pic).

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