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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Press Snippets: More Show Cancellations

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportsIn recent reports appearing in the Turkish press, there are stories that Tarkan has suffered yet more cancellations due to spending four days in police custody after a drug-related raid on his home, while one celebrity paper writes about Iran's answer to Tarkan partying with fans from home in Turkey (see left pic).

Takvim carries an article that another police force ball - this time for families of police officers lost in the course of duty - decided to go with a different singer rather than Tarkan, who had reportedly been first choice.

The article writes that Turkish diva Ajda Pekkan made an appearance at the high society event at the Conrad Hotel in Istanbul, with Behzat Gerçeker's ENBE Orchestra.

Tarkan was linked to both acts in a February report about featuring in an album set to be released by Gerçeker this year.

UPDATE: Gerçeker talks Tarkan, but no collaboration (April) >>

Although official sources claim Tarkan turned down the requests from the police force to perform at their events himself, Esin Övet, writing for media portal Haberturk, reveals her sadness at more cancellations from Tarkan's work commitments due to "the upsetting incident".

She writes: "For example his five concert agreement with Turkish Airlines has been cancelled. It's a shame. It's a pity it's happened, but the company has to think of itself, of course. Anyway, I hope his other commitments won't get cancelled like this, too."

<< Read about Tarkan's four day detainment by Turkish authorities here

On a lighter note elsewhere, paper Hürriyet has published an article about a folk singer in the Turkish province of Mersin who has sung a song to raise awareness of the benefits of lemon and support the local industry - citing similarities to Tarkan's citrus fruit campaign in Russia last year.

And finally, Güneş writes that Iran's answer to Tarkan, singer Mansur, gave a concert at the Cevahir Hotel in Istanbul to his Iranian fans.

Singing Tarkan's songs during the evening, the article claims that the concert goers let loose on Turkish soil, as they were free to consume alcohol and wear skimpy outfits - unlike back home where there is strict regulations on alcohol and dress.

"I hope to God [our] President Ahmadinejad doesn't see this," the singer reportedly joked.

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