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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Tarkan Remixes the Ratings

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Tarkan at Power ClubThe first to hold a license to offer digital music in Turkey, Power Group's official site sees Tarkan's re-issue of Metamorfoz as its highest selling album today, while it also promotes the recent double CD release as its album of the week.

Meanwhile, still only in its fifth day of distribution, the re-working of the album - originally released just eight months before - is seeing enough interest in sales elsewhere to have the re-issue reach the top ten sales lists of domestically popular online shopping sites such as and the official site for D&R stores.

Tarkan's New Look Hits the Billboard

Alongside Tarkan's new release commemorating his popular 2007 album - which became the second highest selling album for that year in just seven days of release (as certified by the Billboard charts) - the Turkish subsidiary of Billboard has featured the artist on its official Turkish website, too.

In its news section, it takes a latest look at Tarkan's image, headlined as "another transformation", while in a report with prospective Grammy nominee Fahir Atakoğlu the pop star is once again praised by the talented musician.

Of Tarkan, Atakoğlu is quoted to have said that people who buy his own latest album and hear Tarkan feature on it will "realise what an amazing and soft set of vocals he has."

Turkish Music Critic Does U-Turn on TV

And finally, Turkish news channel NTV's report on Tarkan latest release and image sees disgraced Turkish pop music critic Naim Dilmener do an embarrassing U-turn in regard to Tarkan's latest image.

Although the critic tries to portray Tarkan's new look as "a defiant gesture" that signals the artist hasn't accepted what the critic terms as the "defeat of Metamorfoz" in his own imagination, Dilmener offers a visibly more subdued and apologetic stance than his previous take on Tarkan for NTV, confessing that this time "Tarkan has done well."

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