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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Press Snippets: Tarkan Getting Stronger

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

"Tarkan Makes You Strong"

In the columns of Turkish paper Hürriyet, Tarkan's name has appeared in the paper space of three columnists.

As female columnist Şenay Düdek hosts businesswoman Melis Akman's top ten in her 22 May dated column - which includes Tarkan in Akman's personal top ten as favourite artist - another female columnist Ömür Gedik writes about Tarkan's latest song "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike").

"[Musician] Behzat Gerçeker in an interview said something that is very true: "In Turkey people look at the lyrics more than the music."

"And I was first struck by the words. I fell in love with the words to "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" first, and then to itself.

"The lyrics to the last song Aysel Gürel wrote before her death are so moving, and Tarkan's great music (the intro and refrain are amazing) and his vocals are the icing on the cake.

"The magic in the words is that it makes the person [listening] feel good and strong even at the point of separation... Songs that beg for a lover to come back wear down the nerves, make you take wrong decisions, but this gives you strength, makes you feel good.

"You listen to "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" to face separation with strength and goodwill. Again and again and again..."

Elsewhere, male correspondent Cengiz Semercioğlu mentions Tarkan briefly in a post about friendships and rifts between Turkish celebrities.

"One moment they're the best of buddies, the next they're life-long enemies [like] Tarkan [and] Nazan Öncel," he writes.

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

However, Öncel had recently come out in support of Tarkan when he had been taken into police custody following an anti-drug sting, calling him Turkey's "pride and joy".

"Tarkan Returning to His Best Days"

Bugün correspondent Aykut Işıklar has mentioned Tarkan in his 22 May dated column.

"This week I want to start by giving the news of Tarkan's latest album. His new hit song "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" is on the lips of the young already. His video clip has already been watched by thousands on the net. It looks like Tarkan is set to return to his old days..." he writes.

Meanwhile, Tarkan's old backing singer Murat Boz has spoken about his old boss in an interview at radio station Pal FM.

Saying that he really liked Tarkan's "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu", he resembled his previous employer to a snowdrop.

"Returning with a beautiful song under such difficult winter conditions, he's become like a snowdrop," Boz reportedly remarked, hinting at the recent difficulties the Turkish megastar has defiantly overcome.

Known for his contradictory remarks on the Turkish megastar, Boz has been making favourable comments of late about the artist.

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