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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Press Snippets: Working with Tarkan

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportsReports about Tarkan's eagerly-awaited 2010 summer album in the press sees paper Vatan reporting that Tarkan has "worked with the greats", while negative press stories have also begun making the usual rounds (see left pic).

Paper Vatan writes that Tarkan has gotten the support of female songwriters Yıldız Tilbe and Sezen Aksu.

Tarkan last collaborated with Tilbe for the track "Kış Güneşi" (A-acayipsin, 1994) - known to be one of his most popular songs in Turkey - while the artist hasn't officially worked on new songs with Aksu since his 1997 release Ölürüm Sana.

Moving on, Turkish media portal Medya Radar has published an article criticising paper Hürriyet and the way it has promoted Tarkan's latest musical arrival.

The article notes that the company which owns Hürriyet is the same one that owns music label DMC - which is releasing Tarkan's latest album under a joint ticket with the megastar's label HITT - and that although they've tried to boast about an exclusive on Tarkan's release date on the front pages, it's "in fact blown up in their face".

Front cover of paper Hurriyet, 27 July 2010
Hürriyet front cover
for 27 July 2010
On the previously reported Hürriyet story about Tarkan's latest album, Medya Radar writes that Hürriyet gave three separate dates for the record's release in the same edition - describing it as a fiasco.

Publishing images from the paper for proof, the Medya Radar report writes that on the front page of Hürriyet dated 27 July it says that the album was released yesterday (26 July), while on the front page of its variety supplement Kelebek for the same edition it says the album was released today (27 July), while running a promo for the album on its back page giving the release date as 29 July.

Front page of Kelebek and Tarkan album promo July 2010Promo photoKelebek front pageFront page of Kelebek and Tarkan album promo, 27 July 2010

Meanwhile, celebrity portal Gecce writes that similarities between the sleeve art of singer Metin Arolat's latest album and Tarkan's yet-to-be-released record has "surprised fans".

Arolat is a friend of Tarkan's and is the director of some of Tarkan's most popular music videos - including "Kuzu Kuzu" (Karma, 2001) and "Arada Bir" (Metamorfoz, 2007).

Elsewhere, media portal Haberturk's variety section HTMagazin has carried the story of the image resemblance, saying that although the song samples have been breaking viewing records on the Net, Tarkan's image for the album has been noted for its similarities on Arolat's album art.

Tarkan's photographs for his latest album were taken last year in Los Angeles, however, from a photo shoot with fashion photographer Giuliano Bekor, with photographs from the shoot used in different promotions as far back as January this year.

Screencap of reportAnd while paper Takvim reports that Tarkan's song samples from his 2010 album have broken records by amassing listening figures of 750,000 in a day, female Sabah correspondent Ayşe Özyılmazel has criticised Tarkan's new look for the 2010 summer album.

Although Özyılmazel has given high praise to Tarkan's 2010 tracks, she is not so hot on his latest image.

In her 28 July dated article headlined "Why Can't Tarkan be Chic?" she begins by declaring that Tarkan's album is being released tomorrow (29 July), and that she had scribbled her notes about the album two weeks ago.

"It's an amazing album ... but that's where the praise ends ... Let's get to the point. Yesterday promos for Tarkan's new album hit the papers. How can such a beautiful man dress so ugly? And I just can't understand how this unfortunate trend keeps on going."

Sabah columnist Özyılmazel goes on to give a tongue-in-cheek account of how Tarkan's voice will "always raise listeners sky high" but that he would always fall down on his image. She also jokingly lists reasons for what she sees as his shabbiness by quoting bits out of his hits tracks.

"I'm calling out to Tarkan from here;... we'll sort you out, free you from the chains. Come on my darling, it won't hurt a bit," she writes.

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