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Thursday, October 01, 2009

More Tarkan News Coverage in Brief

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportIn another summary of Turkish news reports covering Turkey's most famous recording artist, today sees Turkish paper Vatan's article become the latest in a long line of accounts in Turkey to take a critical view of Tarkan's new image (see left pic).

Claiming that Tarkan is using eighties star Boy George as the inspiration for his style, the article writes that Tarkan stepped off the plane at Istanbul's major airport reportedly dressed like the openly gay singer, too.

Tarkan's new look back from AmericaTarkan's new look back from America
Back from the USA and in Istanbul with a new outlook (Hürriyet)

While other reports had documented Tarkan revealing to reporters on his arrival that the star had contributed to an animal rights' campaign by stripping for PETA, Vatan decided to run with the headline "Tarkan is Just Like Boy George!" instead.

The narrative goes on to try and prove this tenuous link by commenting that Tarkan's 2001 album Karma shares name similarities with George's world hit track "Karma Chameleon".

Aksu: "Tarkan is a Great Voice"

And included in other reports, about the news that Turkish diva Sezen Aksu is set to take a break from public performances after a gruelling schedule this year, are her comments at a film gala denying the rumours that she told Tarkan to scrap his 2009 album project.

"Is such a thing possible? Tarkan is an artist that knows what to do [without me telling him]. I just gave him my opinions on the songs. When new ideas come to me or I write something new I contact him from time to time. Tarkan is a great voice. I believe he will do what's best," she is quoted to have said.

And finally...

A brief look at the international press reveals a post that shows there is a racehorse named Tarkan in Argentina, while a news article from Belarus News writes that even with an economic crisis some of the most "best known musicians of the world" are flocking to give shows in neighbouring Moscow, citing Tarkan's scheduled 2009 November show as one of them.

Lastly - with rumours still circulating that Tarkan will be entering the Eurovision Song Contest - its celebrity gossip site Oikotimes.com has published an editorial exploring the facts and rumours of entrants to the 2010 contest in Oslo, Norway, with an account on the Tarkan rumours (Stephen Crump/29 September 2009).

The summary includes the August news whirlwind created by rumours that "popular Turkish singer Tarkan was going to represent Turkey in 2010, although his manager has since denied" any such event.

It also goes on to add the news previously published by Tarkan Deluxe that EBU chairman Svante Stockselius announced; "If Turkey sends Tarkan to the 2010 competition in Norway I will be very pleased."

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