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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Press Snippets: Other Reports in Brief

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

In other news reports making the rounds about Tarkan in the Turkish press, Kibris newspaper writes that pop singer Gülşen sang Tarkan songs at a concert in the northern Turkish territories of Cyprus, while Tarkan's pop protégé Emir has confessed to "being in love" with Gülşen, media portal Haberturk's variety section HTMagazin reports.

"I love her beauty, her humanity," he is quoted as saying.

Elsewhere in HTMagazin, female pop singer Tuğba Ekinci - who has recently been taken under the wing of Turkish diva Nazan Öncel - has claimed to have found a song "in the bin" just like Tarkan's "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike").

However, this time the song is one Tarkan discarded, the article claims.

Of the hip-hop type song, the existence of which has apparently been confirmed via Ekinci's Twitter account, she is quoted in the HTMagazin article as saying, "At the last minute Tarkan threw away a song he wrote [because he didn't like it]. He didn't give it to anyone, just threw it away. I listened to it and fell in love with it. He made a gift of it to me. It wouldn't be a bad idea to call the song "Trash"."

Meanwhile, Turkish TV joker Okan Bayülgen - who has made trash TV his lifetime achievement and enjoys to take digs at Tarkan during his shows - has earned himself space in the papers again with the Turkish megastar.

Paper Milliyet reports that Bayülgen asked what Tarkan's latest song was called on a recent show, first calling it "Altın Vuruş" ("Gold Strike") before correcting it to "Son Vuruş" ("Last Strike") - with celebrity portals running sensationalist headlines that Bayülgen "had disgraced Tarkan".

Some reports suggest Bayülgen did this on purpose to send up Tarkan's time in custody following an anti-drug sting, as "altın vuruş" has come to mean a slang phrase for a lethal overdose of cocaine in Turkish, as well as a fighting term for a final winning punch.

Later reports, however, write that this time it seems Bayülgen was genuinely mistaken, while featured guest singer Emre Altuğ defended Tarkan, and picked Bayülgen up on what he said.

Bayülgen defended himself by saying he had been momentarily confused as "he had read that somewhere".

Sabah correspondent Mevlüt Tezel had written about Tarkan's song title reminding him of the cocaine drug slang phrase, although the lyrics had been written two years ago by the late Aysel Gürel.

And finally, Bugün correspondent Aykut Işıklar - who has been talking about Tarkan favourably of late - sings a different tune when talking about the military issue.

In a 23 May dated article, Işıklar talks about celebrities trying to dodge the draft in Turkey - where it is compulsory for all males to do a required term of army duty.

"The army is a serious matter. Did Tarkan not say, "What I'm going to do in the army, stare at snowcapped mountains?" But ever since that sentence came out, he's been on a downward slide..." he writes.

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