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Friday, June 18, 2010

Press Snippets: More Media Tarkan Tales

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportsIn the columns of paper Milliyet's variety section Cadde, Turkey's megastar Tarkan gets a mention in a report with new British girl band Candy Rock in Istanbul for a club performance, saying they "love Tarkan", while Turkish postress Demet Akalın is claiming bragging rights to being the "only other Turkish artist" after Tarkan to be listened to abroad.

Thanking Milliyet via her Twitter account for the report, Akalın tweets that "naturally she is in competition with TARKAN".

Elsewhere in Cadde, columnist celebrity journalist Ali Eyüboğlu - who recently defended Tarkan over criticism about a book dispute - has talked about Tarkan in two other articles for his column.

In an article about popular singer-songwriter Serdar Ortaç, Eyüboğlu wonders about the artist's popularity even though all his songs sound the same.

Eyüboğlu puts it down to simply being that the Turkish public have a deep affection for Ortaç's songs, and that whether the songs are of high quality or not their success in Turkey is undeniable.

To give an example of the success of Ortaç's latest songs he compares it to Tarkan's latest track "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike"), on figures thrown up on the TTNetMuzik digital platform.

Although this is primarily a sales platform, and Tarkan released his song for free on his official site, the figures published show that Ortaç's latest songs have been listened to nearly 350,000 times, while Tarkan's "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" has only a number of 22,000 listens in comparison.

Finally, Eyüboğlu writes that Tarkan is set to appear at the luxurious Bianca Beach in Bodrum, Turkey, on 7 August.

UPDATE: Bodrum Thousands See Tarkan >>

Open May through October, the beach club is a Mecca for pretty people, where St. Tropez style meets Cancún debauchery in a club known for riotous summer parties, all-day tanning and sexy summer soirées that last till dawn.

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