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Sunday, June 06, 2010

Press Snippets: Tarkan's Media Strike

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Tarkan's Spring Strike for Summer

Turkish portal Web Cafe Türkiye has published an article about Tarkan's postponement of his 2010 album, wondering whether the problem is financial, however Ersin Süzer writing for Milliyet's Cadde claims that the Turkish megastar is paying out big bucks to set up a special sound system in his home.

"Tarkan is setting up a special sound system [for] his home ... from abroad. As this special sound system from Italy creates an environment as close to live music as is possible, Tarkan's home is going to get a club feel.

"Grabbing attention years later again with his song Sevdanın Son Vuruşu, it looks like Tarkan is set to enjoy the summer," he writes.

Meanwhile, female columnist Şenay Düdek writes in her Hürriyet column that she likes the lyrics to Tarkan's latest track "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike"), but isn't so hot on the music.

"It's not this summer's hit in my opinion," she says.

The music critics do not agree with Düdek, however, as they are quoted again - this time in a report for newspaper Star - predicting Tarkan's strike as a summer hit.

Star music editor Ayşe Düzkan, DJ Suat Ateşdağlı and DJ Erhan Kesen all have Tarkan at the top of their summer hit list, while Milliyet entertainment correspondent Tolga Akyıldız has Tarkan as second top choice, with music critic Naim Dilmener qualifying his recent statements to put Tarkan fourth on his personal list of hits.

Dilmener still hasn't gotten over his pet hate, Tarkan's 2007 double award-winning Metamorfoz, and can't help but take a dig at an album that went platinum in its first and diamond in its second year of sales, with four top ten hits.

"After the disgrace of Metamorfoz anything a few steps above that would have been acceptable, but that wasn't enough for Tarkan and he has returned to his dazzling Kuzu Kuzu days. It's a very welcome return," Dilmener proclaims.

Talking Tarkan

Turkish language expert Hüseyin Movit has criticised Tarkan for the use of a Turkish term in his track "Arada Bir" (Metamorfoz, 2007), albeit mistakenly.

Tarkan's lyrics actually use the word that language expert Movit prefers, which suggests that Movit might have heard the word wrong from watching the track's video single on TV.

Moving on, as singer and music producer Mustafa Ceceli reassures a follower of his Twitter account that Tarkan's 2010 album will be released, the director to some of Tarkan's most popular music videos - including "Kuzu Kuzu" (Karma, 2001) and "Arada Bir" (Metamorfoz, 2007) - musician Metin Arolat has tweeted a personal memory from the filming of "Kuzu Kuzu" recently.

"We used to use ICQ in those days ... I had put my ICQ number on the video single I filmed to Tarkan's Kuzu Kuzu, but the editor had written the number wrong by one digit ... It turned out to be the ICQ of a man in China.

"Can you imagine how many millions of messages he must have got from Turkey, without knowing why? He must have cursed me, and in Chinese..." Arolat tweets.

And in a report published by Sabah, psychotherapist Çağatay Öztürk talks about the mental make-up of celebrities, singling Tarkan out for his strong control on his emotions.

"[Tarkan] overcomes every ordeal and the burdens of his name calmly, and without panicking. He is very successfully at controlling his actions," Öztürk says.

Singer's Husband: "I Didn't Mention Tarkan"

Hürriyet variety columnist Onur Baştürk has touched upon Demet Akalın's husband's reaction to rumours of his bisexuality in the press in two recent columns.

After the columnist criticised the popstress' husband's reaction to rumours of his bisexuality in the press by using Tarkan's name, in a following post he printed the response sent to him via email by Akalın's husband.

"The part about Tarkan is a complete a media fabrication ... I wish I'd never said anything at all," he reportedly wrote in the email to Baştürk.

In Other Reports

As paper Kibris and Kibris Postasi write that the Turkish mayor of Nicosia in the northern territories of Cyprus has talked of the major organisations set up by the municipality, including a concert with one of "Turkey's greatest stars Tarkan", Hürriyet male correspondent Deniz Sipahi mentions the Çeşme International Water Sports Festivities and Music Festival, which is celebrating its 21st year this year.

"Last year's surprise was Tarkan, this year it's Bonnie Tyler," he writes.

Elsewhere, female correspondent Çağdaş Ertuna writing from the Greek island Symi for Milliyet's Cadde supplement talks about Greek islander Manos, his restaurant and love of Turkish music.

"Manos gives us his own rendition of a Tarkan song ... he dances like Tarkan, too, by the way," she pens.

And finally, as music critic Mehmet Tez lists Tarkan's "Kış Güneşi" (A-acayipsin, 1994) as amongst the songs given when he asked followers on Twitter what they were currently listening to, Gazeteport doesn't fail to mention Tarkan when talking about his ex-backing singer Murat Boz.

The article lists Tarkan top of a host of music artists, including Shakira, with whom Boz has worked.

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