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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Press Snippets: Tarkan Press Scan

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

As the Turkish press begin to publish their reports on Tarkan's PETA ad, in the English language Hürriyet Daily News and Economic Review there is an article noting the irony of Turkish journalists falling foul of something they once criticised Tarkan of doing.

Headlined as "Twitter journalism beats gossip columns", Işıl Eğrikavuk's 19 February dated column writes:

"It was 1994 when Turkish pop star Tarkan uttered the words "I have to pee" on live TV and was condemned by almost all members of the media for making such a comment on the air.

"Sixteen years later, such "private" or "personal" comments have become the "professional" expressions of Turkish journalists and columnists since the local media met Twitter, an online social-networking platform that lets users send brief text messages of up to 140 characters to a list of followers."

And meanwhile, as Russian language news site Vesti's Azerbaijan arm reports on Tarkan's private concert in Russia yesterday - suggesting the singer is little more than a highly paid wedding singer for rich Azeri businessmen in Russia - Turkish paper Sabah reports that female singer Gülşen is purportedly composing a song for Tarkan's new album.

Apart from having her old assistant manager Emir become Tarkan's pop protégé, it seems she has been frequently linked with Tarkan in the press of late, including rumours about dating the artist's producer and sending Tarkan pet rabbits for his birthday last year.

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