Tarkan is Summer Number 1
A report from Turkish paper Hürriyet's art and culture pages headlined "This Summer's Ten Hit Songs" sees Tarkan's "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike") at number one in a top ten list of summer hits.
"When we think of summer songs, we think of fun, loud, club-rocking tracks. Singers lock themselves away in studios months in advance to find the lyrical slogans of the summer. There's a race to grab the best songs from song writers. While some artists release an album, others release singles as summer fillers.
"We asked the biggest names in the music and entertainment sector for their ten potential summer hits. Tarkan and his latest song "Sevdanın Vuruşu" [sic] topped the list by a large margin, while the summer's principal names Ajda Pekkan, Hande Yener, Demet Akalın and Serdar Ortaç followed behind."
And of Tarkan's track, the Hürriyet report claims: "Tarkan buried himself away in a long period of silence after the release of Metamorfoz three years ago. In the last year there were signals of a new album, but it wasn't to be. He couldn't find the song he wanted, he wasn't happy with the results.
"And just when everyone thought Tarkan had given up on a summer release, he struck his rivals a blow at the eleventh hour. He published "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" from his new album. With lyrics by Aysel Gürel who died two years ago, music by Tarkan and production by Ozan Çolakoğlu, the song quickly spread to internet sites. Despite it being a slow song, it reached the radio top spots."
Tarkan at Istanbul's Top Club
Elsewhere, although not officially confirmed at time of writing, DJ Cenker Bayrak has posted on his Facebook page that Tarkan will be unveiling his 2010 album at Istanbul's exclusive club Sortie in June.
An up-scale supper club popular in the summer time with the city's jet set, and an exciting place to experience Istanbul's night life, it is rumoured that Tarkan is getting ready to present his latest songs to Sortie's club-goers in a similar way the megastar had unveiled his Karma (2001) and Dudu (2003) albums at Istanbul's exclusive rival club Reina.