Press Snippets: Tarkan's Coming!
A Turkish online news portal has printed Kral TV's press release for its annual VMAs, which will see Tarkan making an appearance at its 16th ceremony.
It proclaims that "Turkish pop music's megastar Tarkan and superstar Ajda Pekkan" are coming together for Kral's 16th award ceremony staged at the Haliç Congress Centre - Turkey's biggest - this year on 17 May.
The report informs that Tarkan will be on stage with his as-yet-to-be released latest album's track "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike"), singing it for the first time at the 16th Kral VMAs this Monday.
The red carpet opening will begin at 7.30 p.m. local Turkish time, where the public can see the favourite stars arrive at the centre for the event, while the ceremony is expected to kick off at 9.00 p.m.
Turkish Tarkan Producer Tweets More
Long-time Tarkan music producer Ozan Çolakoğlu continues to post on his Twitter account, becoming much more proliferate than usual with his tweet updates on the process of Tarkan's album.
Tweeting about a period of nearly two years (July 2008 to June 2010) for the production of Tarkan's 2010 musical offering, he has thanked mixers for their contributions to the eagerly anticipated record as they come in, with two final mixes left for next week.
It suggests that unlike Tarkan's previous Turkish language studio album (Metamorfoz, 2007) which was produced solely between Tarkan and Çolakoğlu, there is a larger production team working on the album - similar to the artist's other Turkish releases apart from Tarkan's début release in 1992.
Not clear yet whether there will be a lot of remixed versions, as with the 2008 Metamorfoz re-issue, or whether these are straight mixes, "Levent Demirbaş, Matthew Erdem, Özgür Yurtoğlu thanks for your amazing mixes! 9th mix finished. Özgür Yurtoğlu has really done a killer Acımayacak (It Won't Hurt) mix :)," Çolakoğlu tweets.
The mix for the version of "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" released on the net was by Levent Demirbaş.
And when Pal FM's female radio DJ Yasemin Şefik sent her hopes that the production process was going well, Çolakoğlu tweets that it was getting better the closer they were coming to finishing the album.
"If all goes well you can buy the CD towards the end of the month, or steal it," the producer posts in response to a follower, after a minor dispute on musical piracy.
Tarkan Opens Sortie
It reports that DJ Suat Ateşdağlı - who appears on Tarkan's 2008 re-issue of Metamorfoz - opened his set with new and old songs from Tarkan and other Turkish pop artists.