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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Tarkan in Billboard's Best of the Decade

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Billboard Turkiye's 50 Best Turkish Albums of the DecadeThe Turkish subsidiary of respected music magazine Billboard has published a spread of the top 50 Turkish albums of the decade, with Tarkan's Karma (2001) record in its top ten and its single "Kuzu Kuzu" in the top five.

The respected US music trademark in Turkey has listed Karma at number nine, being the only pop artist in a top ten list overwhelmingly filled with rockers and alternatives (for complete list see further down).

"Attempting to transfer himself into the American music market in the second half of the nineties, when he was forced to make do with only Europe he turned his attentions to our country. This time Sezen Aksu wasn't by his side, but Nazan Öncel, a lady in her most productive era," Billboard writes.

Producing a result that has managed to delight both popsters and rockers at the same time, two of Tarkan's singles from Karma are also listed in Billboard's top singles of the decade - "Kuzu Kuzu" at number three and "Hüp" at number six.

A third single of sorts was released from Karma: the artist's 2002 World Cup song "Bir Oluruz Yolunda" (United For You) was adapted from his song "Taş" for the Turkish national football team getting ready to go Korea.

This version of the song was turned into a single and reached its listeners under the sponsorship of soft drink company Pepsi.

Tarkan Deluxe readers can check out Billboard's complete top 50 of the best Turkish albums in the past ten years below:

Billboard Turkiye's 50 Best Turkish Albums of the Decade
Billboard Turkiye's 50 Best Turkish Albums of the Decade
Billboard Turkiye's 50 Best Turkish Albums of the Decade
Billboard Turkiye's 50 Best Turkish Albums of the Decade

Previously, an article from media conglomerate NTVMSNBC, with their own select jury composing a top ten list of the best Turkish albums of the decade, had omitted Tarkan from their final top ten.

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