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Monday, March 15, 2010

Press Snippets: Tarkan is Insincere

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

In a summary of news coverage about Tarkan in the Turkish press, is an interview with new female singer Mercan in Turkish paper Sabah where she calls Tarkan "insincere".

In response to a question about Tarkan being an artist constantly changing himself, she said, "I like his old albums, but I didn't find his recent records sincere. You shouldn't just do something just to be different.

"A person should make music the way he feels. If you really feel that sound, then that's the type of music you should make. In rock music you live rock and roll. You don't make rock music and wear a two piece suit. R&B music is the same."

Tarkan in Studios, New Album in April

Meanwhile, in female correspondent Esin Övet's piece for media portal Haberturk, dated 13 March, she writes that after being detained by police authorities for four days during a drug sting at the start of this month, Tarkan has shut himself away at his producer Ozan Çolakoğlu's temporary studios in Kavacık in Istanbul.

"But this time with a difference; Sezen Aksu is in the studio, too. And she's producing Tarkan's album," she claims.

Although producer Çolakoğlu had come out in an interview to dispel claims that Tarkan had scrapped Aksu's songs for a new record to replace them with his own, Övet repeats this rumour. "As you'll know, Tarkan had scrapped the songs sent to him by Sezen Aksu in the attempt to do it all on his own. On top of that, he kept postponing the album's release date because he wasn't happy with Ozan Çolakoğlu's arrangements.

"It seems that the long four days of stress has knocked some sense into Tarkan. This was exactly what I was praying for: "Instead of Tarkan running away, if only he were to lock himself away in the studios and release those much missed songs," I was saying. And this is exactly what's happened.

"Instead of leaving, Tarkan chose to embrace his supporters. It was the right choice. In my opinion it's the perfect time and a great album is on the way. The album is being released in April, and without delay.

"What doesn't kill us only makes us stronger. I believe Tarkan has come to senses thanks to one of his lowest points in his life. It will be good for him, because his last releases were great disappointments for his fans, but I'm sure Tarkan will stir up a storm this summer," she writes.

"Tarkan is Our Pride and Joy"

And amongst the rumours that Tarkan is getting support from Aksu, in other reports in the recording artist's domestic press, Tarkan is seeing public support from an old collaborator, too.

Sabah writes that female singer/songwriter Nazan Öncel penned her support for Tarkan on hearing the news of his long weekend lock-up after a cocaine search of his home in Istanbul.

Calling for people to judge him on the things he has done, and not those he hasn't, she described her one-time music partner as her "nation's pride and joy".

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

A dispute over the ownership of the hit track "Şımarık" (Ölürüm Sana, 1997) with Aksu had led Tarkan to work with Öncel in 2001, putting her name to such hits as "Hüp" (2001) and "Dudu" (2003).

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