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Monday, August 09, 2010

A Megastar in the Columns

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

The Turkish Public's True Megastar

Screencap of reportA columnist going by the nick of the "Last Reporter" has written about Tarkan in a recent column, published by celebrity portal Sacit Aslan. Headlined as "The Public's True Mega Star", the article praises Tarkan's longevity in the Turkish public's conciousness.

"In the last year he has struggled with the most difficult problems of his life.

"Once you trip up, it's all downhill from there. And there are always those ready to kick a man when he's down. They kick without mercy. When you're fine, everyone is fine with you. But when they see you slip, in that instant those fine people put on their real dress and smear war paint on their faces and start to attack. This community is generally so two-faced that it is very difficult to separate friend from foe. But his enemies weren't strong enough to keep him down.

"My article today is about the public's true mega star TARKAN.

"Yes, anyone who can be objective will agree with what I've written above. During that difficult time when Tarkan had slipped I had written that "Tarkan knows how to get up from these difficult times with his head held high". These days I'm proud to have been proven right once again. I'm happy to see the war paint drip off some of those evil naysayers.

"It's not easy to be able to come through nightmarish days and stay standing. Tarkan has succeeded in doing that.

"It has to be said some of our artists did support Tarkan and stand by him. But for the majority, seeing someone so successful slip up must have ignited their petty jealousies to see how they could benefit from it. But they failed again.

"TARKAN released the album he's been preparing for a long time and which kept getting postponed. He filled up the Harbiye open air concert arena to the brim for two days running. To be precise, he rocked the Harbiye for two days.

"As an artist Tarkan is an important name and an asset to Turkey, we all know this. He is just as great a person as he is an artist, I know this because I know him well. Compassionate, helpful, but most of all his humility as a great artist is what I most admire about him.

"He's modest, but because of his situation you'd think his feet didn't touch the ground, he is very humble, vulnerable, sensitive, just like you and me. And it's because he is this way that the Turkish public have taken him to their hearts.

"If Tarkan hadn't been loved and trusted so much by the people of this country, then the things he has gone through would have finished him. If you're sincere, if you don't play games, then your common sense and your admirers remain. It's because of this that Tarkan is still standing. This public has cast down the false and the insincere from their thrones many times. But they have always supported sincere, decent people like Tarkan.

"Finally, I just want to say welcome to Tarkan, and that I'm glad there's someone like you in the world. To Tarkan who knows how to always rise from the ashes come what may, I say Godspeed," the columnist concludes.

Tarkan is Worth the Wait

Screencap of reportWriting for Milliyet's variety section Cadde, columnist Asu Maro has touched upon Tarkan's 2010 album Adımı Kalbine Yaz in a 4 August dated column.

"The album due out since the start of the summer has finally been released. It looks like it was worth the wait for Tarkan fans," Maro's byline reads.

"We really did wait too long for Tarkan's album. Especially when the Aysel Gürel - Tarkan - Ozan Çolakoğlu product "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike") had so raised expectations.

"The song was an indicator that Tarkan, having been thrown into an assortment of areas throughout the years, had completed his "metamorphosis" and reached a formula that mixed those known "Tarkan hits" with a more mature sound and lyrics. And finally the album Adımı Kalbine Yaz, which was numerously scrapped, tested, changed, finally reached us.

"At the beginning of July, when [music label] DMC had let it be known that Tarkan's album was going to be released, because we had learned from Mehmet Tez's column that they were still trying to record two new songs, frankly it was a surprise.

"Made up of eight new songs (including "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" of course), and five remixes, it is a concoction that will delight Tarkan fans and please admirers. There are romantic Tarkan tracks, and allaturca motifs, and quite rhythmic pop songs, too...

"If I am to talk about my own preferences, I don't like remixes, so I generally play the eight songs back back to back. "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" is truly one of the most important hits of the album and his complete body of work. In the context of "Adımı Kalbine Yaz" there is no better song."

Maro continues in her article to criticise the other songs, under a subheading that calls Tarkan Turkish pop music's best performer where she ultimately admits that Tarkan is in a league of his own.

Maro describes her dislike of the song "Acımayacak", and that she finds it distasteful for a man nearing his forties to be singing lyrics about a man raving for a woman. "Tarkan has sung a lot of these songs in the past," she says.

"So apologising to Ozan Çolakoğlu's production, I skip that to the next track "İşim Olmaz". It's a charming Yıldız Tilbe - Tarkan piece. Tilbe, who wrote what is still one of Tarkan's most beautiful songs "Kış Güneşi" (A-acayipsin, 1994), has written enchanting lyrics this time, too.

"I'm guessing the song "Kayıp" will be a favourite amongst those that like to listen to sad, romantic, sweet songs. And to top it all Günay Çoban's lyrics are really beautiful.

"Then comes "Öp" a Sezen Aksu - Tarkan collaboration ... a very polished production, for me it's the album's most distinct and special track...

"And then comes a song for those that think Tarkan suits allaturca best, Tarkan's own song "Adımı Kalbine Yaz". Don't be surprised if now and then it sounds like a lot of old Tarkan songs," she writes.

And while Maro doesn't say anything about the final track "Usta - Çırak" apart from it was added at the last minute to the album, of the track "Sen Çoktan Gitmişsin" she says its isn't ever going to be one of the album's biggest hits, but it's one of those that will be loved "in secret".

Tarkan is Playing Everywhere

Screencap of reportWriting for the regional Aegean sections of paper Milliyet, female columnist Sezin Sivri in her 7 August dated column heralds the return of Turkey's megastar, while informing her readers of his next show.

Headlined "Çeşme is Waiting for Tarkan", Sivri writes: "This is what I call rising from the ashes ... He lived in America for a while, tried new things but it didn't work out ... The Turkish public expected songs like [his old hits] from him. Finally it's happened. Tarkan has captured his old performance, and he released [his 2010 album] Adımı Kalbine Yaz. Turkey has once again been reunited with its Megastar.

"Now everywhere Tarkan is playing... Not just in the clubs and on the beaches, but Tarkan's songs can be heard rising out from cars, shops, homes. Lovers are sending messages to each other with Tarkan's songs. Tracks "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" and "Adımı Kalbine Yaz" are hand-made for this.." she says, before going on to write about Tarkan's scheduled appearance at Çeşme Seaside on 21 August.

"It is certain that it will be jam-packed ... If you want to go to the concert, it's a good idea to start out early."

Tickets for the event can be purchased from online ticket company Biletix.

In Other Columns

Screencap of reportsTarkan has also made a quick appearance in the columns of gay correspondent Oray Eğin and female Radikal correspondent Nur Çintay A.

In Eğin's account titled "A Bodrum Sitcom", he recounts his failed attempt to get to Tarkan's Bodrum show with Tarkan's ex-girlfriend Elif Dağdeviren.

"On an impulse we decide to go to Tarkan's concert. It's close to one o'clock in the morning, we have no idea of the time, and we take our time to make our way over there thinking Tarkan will stay on stage for hours. We finally reach Tarkan's concert, but, because of the traffic and large crowds, by the time we get to the stage the concert's been over for ages. My first ever full Tarkan concert experience has ended before it began. But Elif Dağdeviren missed a more important opportunity: my losing our way stopped her from going to her ex-husband's place to hear her ex-boyfriend sing!"

And finally, in left-wing paper Radikal, the column "The Remains of the Week" has the female columnist letting out a guilty secret.

Listing Tarkan as the "best companion", correspondent Çintay A. confessed to listening to Tarkan's latest album on her long car journey down to the Agean as a guilty pleasure.

"I have to add that I specially like "Acımayacak" and "Öp"," she says.

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