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Friday, July 30, 2010

Press Snippets: Tarkan's Fire Burns Turkey

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

The Turkish press are reporting very favourably on Tarkan's 2010 album Adımı Kalbine Yaz, in stark contrast to the negative press reaction over the singer's 2007 release, Metamorfoz.

As one report writes that "Tarkan's fire sweeps across Turkey", another article prints that Tarkan has signed his name to a first in Turkey by breaking a distribution record with his latest album.

Screencap of reportThe article claims that Tarkan's 2010 album has broken a record in Turkey with its pre-release printed copies already depleted from the factories, with a supply of 30 thousand posters exhausted, too.

It writes that Tarkan has exploded back on to the Turkish music scene, with 100,000 copies of his latest album flying out of the door within just days of its release.

Promo poster to Adımı Kalbine Yaz

Adding that Tarkan has broken album and poster sale records in Turkey, the article adds that "it looks like Tarkan is going to make tremendous noise with his new album".

In Other Reports

Screencap of reportMeanwhile, Turkish newspaper Akşam writes that Tarkan's track "Acımayacak" from his 2010 summer album Adımı Kalbine Yaz looks like a hit.

Posting an excerpt from the lyrics, the report writes that it is the first time Sezen Aksu's son Mithatcan Özer has given lyrics to an artist, and that the song words are provoking and catchy.

And paper Sabah has published a report about Tarkan's track "Kayıp" from his latest album, claiming that the poem the singer reads out at the end of the song made him cry during one take in the studio.

Screencap of reportThe article prints out the poem in its entirety, whilst claiming that Günay Çoban's words had made the Turkish megastar cry as he read them.

"The words express me perfectly," the report quotes Tarkan as saying about ode to a lost loved one, before writing that the recording in which the artist cried was not used for the final cut of the track.

"Now everyone is wondering which woman it is," the Sabah article concludes.

Screencap of reportAnd moving on, media portal Haberturk's variety section HTMagazin writes that Tarkan is breaking records on the internet with his latest 2010 songs.

The article quotes Tarkan as saying that he is waiting for everyone to listen to his songs - the teaser samples of which have been breaking viewing figures on the net - and then he will respond accordingly.

The HTMagazin report claims that Tarkan has changed his mind about filming a video to "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike"), and that he is working on a video to his track "Adımı Kalbine Yaz" - but the report writes that depending on public opinion this could change, too.

Screencap of reportElsewhere, paper Cumhuriyet's take on Tarkan's latest release is that the singer "proudly presents" his new record to his fans.

Giving previously reported details about the album, the report also writes that the photographs used on the album were taken by Los Angeles based fashion and celebrity photographer Giuliano Bekor.

Although there were rumours that Tarkan was going to use a new photo shoot for the 2010 record, Bekor was previously credited for the photograph used on the May digital single release "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike") from the album.

There has been some criticism of Tarkan's latest image for the album, while a few celebrity reports have claimed similarities with another Turkish singer's album art released a few weeks earlier.

However, Tarkan's photographs for his latest album were taken last year in Los Angeles, with photographs from the shoot used in different promotions as far back as January this year.

The Cumhuriyet report reminds its readers that Tarkan's first meeting with his public since the record's release will be for a scheduled performance at the Harbiye on 31 July, as paper Hürriyet's variety supplement Kelebek writes that "The Show Goes On" - with Tarkan set to sing live for his fans in Istanbul.

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