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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Press Snippets: Tarkan in the Media

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportsAs the Turkish subsidiary to MTV prints the previously published news of alternative rock band Ruj covering the Yıldız Tilbe penned track "Kış Güneşi" (Winter Sun), from Tarkan's second album A-acayipsin (1994), HaberFX has published the customary monthly report from Turkish news ombudsman Medya Takip Merkesi (MTM), which sees Tarkan as the second most talked about Turkish celebrity in March (see left pic).

With a Sabah article adding that Tarkan approved the alternative rock rendition of the track by group Ruj, Milliyet's variety section Cadde has also reported on the 54% rise in media interest. The MTM report reveals that Tarkan achieved a huge spike amounting to 1,404 articles being written about him last month, following his arrest last month in connection with an anti-drug sting.

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

MTM had previously published a report that had seen Tarkan drop from the list of celebrity names dominating the domestic media channels last year.

Screencap of reportsElsewhere, in other reports, paper Posta writes of the publication of a book that will make Tarkan "lose sleep just as he is trying to get over his arrest" while Bugün correspondent Aykut Işıklar, in his 13 April dated article, mentions Tarkan in a scathing attack on some celebrities he believes are morally suspect (see left pic).

Posta claims that Emrullah Erdinç has written a book with photographs of Tarkan in custody and his hitherto unpublished statements, while also promising to reveal the singer's secret visitor during his four day detainment by narcotic police. Tarkan has knowledge of the book, but has yet to comment, Posta writes.

Meanwhile, Bugün correspondent Işıklar lists Tarkan amongst other popular Turkish names in areas of film and music of which he says he has tired of seeing in the news.

"I'm tired of seeing singers whose names have been linked with drugs on the TV and in the papers. How about you? I don't care how talented they are. Tarkan and Deniz Seki have set a bad example to millions of high school kids. Their songs are not enough to heal this deep wound. No one can interfere with their lives. They can go and live in Holland. And I'm tired of seeing all those singers walking freely that haven't been arrested yet. Even though you can read it in their eyes... They can't even speak properly..." he writes.

Only last month, Işıklar had written an article urging Tarkan to help revive the Turkish classical genre and be a role model to inspire young artists to follow in his footsteps.

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