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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Press Snippets: Claims on Tarkan

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportsTurkish paper Bugün and celebrity portal Gecce have published an article in their news sections about Turkey's pop megastar Tarkan, and quote him on his soon-to-be-released 2010 album.

Under celebrity correspondent Okan Işık's signature, the Bugün article, reprinted in part by Gecce and Haberturk, quotes Tarkan in response to news stories about him hitting print.

The Bugün article also writes about the collaboration with female singer Kibariye calling it "a strong duet", when Tarkan only lends backing vocals to the song.

"Being Too Careful Invites Misfortune"

Writing that Tarkan was working day and night in the studio to make sure the album would make it in time to hit the shelves for 10 July, Işık's Bugün article says that the pop artist dismisses the stories in the papers he had sold his New York home to fund the latest album.

"The house I sold in America has nothing to do with the album. It's an album that was produced in Turkish studios. It's an album with Turkish composers, lyricists and musicians playing on it. Whatever the cost of other albums produced in Turkey, ours is the same. Its production costs weren't as high as everybody thinks," the article quotes Tarkan as saying - although no source is cited.

And on continuous rumours about Tarkan raising security around the recording studios to prevent the leak of his songs after an incident in 2005 when his English language songs had been leaked pre-release, he supposedly had this to say: "[We have] no extra security measure in place. We've shown this album the same care as every other album."

The article goes on to quote Tarkan as saying that "being overly careful was to invite misfortune", while apparently citing a popular Turkish TV series of recent times which it's alleged suffered leaks of its material over the net.

"Even Aşk-ı Memnu's screenplay was leaked to the net. Luckily it happened only a day before the episode's air date. I had suffered something like this before. It isn't nice, but there's nothing you can do about it."

The Umpteenth Tarkan Contender

And finally, in her column for paper Milliyet's variety section Cadde, correspondent Mehveş Evin talks about the latest male newcomers to Turkish pop music, asking "Who Are These Men?"

Writing about one hopeful, Evin says in an ironic way, "[This] young popster is, so we are led to believe, the 350th person to be shown as the heir apparent to Tarkan's throne."

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