Press Snippets: The Big Comeback
|News of new Tarkan record on the |
frontpage of Sabah
Picked up by celebrity portal Gecce and media portal Haberturk, too, Turkish daily Akşam had been the first to publish a longer account in which it was claimed that Tarkan had shut himself away in his home to concentrate on a new record, after enduring some tough times over a drug case with reports that he could be indicted to serve a two-year jail term.
"Bigger than Şıkıdım"
Making the front of Sabah's main page and its variety supplement Günaydın, the article online holds the signature of entertainment reporter Yüksel Yavuz - and although it has commanded both the frontpages - it is only two sentences long (see left pic).
Headlined as "Tarkan's Locked Himself in the Studio", the article writes that "Tarkan has locked himself away at his recording studios in Beykoz [in Istanbul] to throw off the effect of the drug case! The artist is working day and night on the album set to be released in June, and is seeing no one."
Captioned at the top left hand corner of the published image of the singer is the claim that Tarkan's friends say that his new hit is bigger than "Şıkıdım" (A-acayipsin, 1994).
Elsewhere, paper Takvim has also run the news of an eagerly anticipated Tarkan release with a two-sentence report of its own.
While adding Tarkan in a gallery of celebrities that are defying the ageing process, "Leaving the bad days behind him, megastar Tarkan has currently shut himself away at the studios in Beykoz. Getting ready for a new album, he's grounded himself from going out," Takvim writes - without mentioning a release date.
The director to some of Tarkan's most popular music videos - including "Kuzu Kuzu" (Karma, 2001) and "Arada Bir" (Metamorfoz, 2007) - musician Metin Arolat has tweeted that his own album will be ready for the spring season in the Turkish music market - which got a response from the owner of Turkish dog-breeding social pet site HavlaTavla.
On the suggestion that Arolat leave his album until June due to all the other releases set to come out in May, the musician replied, "Why ... let it be a year filled with a variety of music ... there's still Serdar Ortaç and Tarkan to come ... it could be the most music filled year ever."
"Some journalists think they're as famous as Tarkan," the caustic columnist writes.