Filling Up On Tarkan
Tarkan Deluxe presents a summary of press reports from the Turkish papers that are making news with Tarkan, starting with Turkish TV joker Okan Bayülgen who has once again name dropped Tarkan on his TV show while taking a customary dig at Turkish celebrities.
Talking about singers of short height who make themselves look tall, Bayülgen - small himself - said that celebrities would go down in history as tall, while people like him would be remembered as being small.
Paper Sabah writes that he said, "We don't allow ourselves to be blown up with photoshop, so we'll go down in history as small. Artists like ... Tarkan will go down in history as tall."
Elsewhere, papers Sabah and Haberturk are reporting about Tarkan's health, and the singer's taste in herbal teas, as he was reportedly seen out shopping in Istanbul's luxury shopping mall Istinye Park recently.
It's said Tarkan bought tea to lower cholesterol - known for his history of high cholesterol - and a species of Physalis or groundcherry known as "Gold Strawberry" in Turkey believed to have rejuvenating properties.
Meanwhile, Milliyet's variety section Cadde also spotted Tarkan at Istinye Park going to see James Cameron's "Avatar" with Güven Eken, chairman of the Doğa Derneği (Nature Society) (see left pic).
The report writes that the two environmentalists - having teamed up last year for a nature campaign to stop the building of a controversial dam in Turkey's impoverished southeastern region even against criticism it was aiding terrorism - came together to watch a film about the destruction of natural habitats for human gain.
Going in to watch the film late due to being mobbed by fans, "I'm going greet my fans with a great album," Tarkan is quoted as saying.
Also asked whether he wanted to star in a film, he said, "It's my childhood dream to be in a movie. I get hundreds of offers, but it's got to be something suitable for me."
Along with similar incentives started in America and Europe, Tarkan is the first Turkish artist to release music on microSD in Turkey after flash memory maker SanDisk had announced slotMusic in 2008 - a new way for musicians to sell DRM-free tunes on microSD cards.
The 2GB card carries 10 classic Tarkan tracks and one video single; users can also save other files to any leftover space on the cards.
It's reported that more Turkish artists are set to follow the trend.