Making News with Tarkan
Tarkan Deluxe presents a summary of press reports from the Turkish papers that are making news with Tarkan.
In the Entertainment Press
Paper Milliyet reports that actor and talk show host Bayülgen has made fun of what is fast becoming known as the "Tarkan Look" in Turkey, by pasting his face on the popular singer's image to declare that he was looking for a new image for 2010.
TV host Bayülgen is known for his public dislike of Tarkan, which was taken to a new high after news reports twisted Tarkan's words in a 2006 report, suggesting he had said there were no suitable talk shows in Turkey for him to appear on.
Recently Bayülgen, talking in defence of his colleague's talk show hosted by comedian Beyazıt Öztürk - which has run a long campaign to get Tarkan on the Beyaz Show - claimed that the artist was someone he wouldn't even consider for his own slot.
Spend Your New Year With Tarkan
Moving on, Tarkan's last 2009 appearance at the Mardan Palace in Antalya - where tickets will reportedly range from €500 to €1,000 for the best tables to mark the end of a decade with the singer - has made the hotel's official site, with banners in Turkish, English and Russian proclaiming that the "parade of stars is continuing with Tarkan on New Year's Eve".
Meanwhile, in an article by Milliyet guaranteeing a good time for those welcoming 2010 in the comfort of their homes by providing tips from the professionals, DJ Murat Meriç's list of songs to be played includes Tarkan's "Hepsi Senin Mi" (Şıkıdım) (A-acayipsin, 1994).
The DJ suggests to play the song during the first minutes of the new year, "to re-ignite the fun of the party".
Personalised Tarkan Stamp Makes News
And finally, papers Hürriyet and Sabah have reported that the General Directorate of Turkish Post (PTT) has begun the trend of allowing its customers to order personalised stamps before the new year to use on their mail.
With the Turkish press' usual custom of printing anything Tarkan related, the articles make sure to mention that a fan has taken the opportunity to order a personalised Tarkan stamp, too.
Interest for the service has reportedly been huge, with close to a million and a half orders recorded.