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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Press Snippets: Hot Property in Pop Culture

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Tarkan in Political Satire

Screencap of reportsTarkan has become such a staple diet in popular Turkish culture that he is even making an appearance in political satire.

In the political columns of paper Türkiye, the verbal side-stepping of a politician when asked about the issue of political back-stabbing has become the butt of a reader's joke.

The politician's attempt to politely get out of answering the question caught the imagination of one reader. Reminding the reader of a political cartoon, he lampoons the politician by suggesting the captioned conversation might go something like this:

"They say your songs sound like Tarkan, that you are even imitating him, what do you have to say to that?"

"Oh I'd say I'm a great fan of Tarkan, if I look like him I'm proud."

"They say you're head looks like a dish basin, what do you say to that?"

"I love dish basins, if my head looks like one I'm proud."

German Metal Rockers Pay Homage to Tarkan

Screencap of reportsMeanwhile, German power metal/heavy metal band formed in 1997 by Ralf Scheepers, Primal Fear, were in Izmir recently for a festival, where they surprised fans by playing a rendition of Tarkan's hit track "Şıkıdım" (A-acayipsin, 1994), Hürriyet variety supplement, Kelebek writes.

"Isn't Oynama Şıkıdım Şıkıdım metal music?" Sheepers is said to have joked with the crowd, before singing some bars of the song.

Tarkan Coming to Bodrum

Screencap of reportAnd elsewhere in Hürriyet's regional pages, there is a report that the Turkish port town of Bodrum will be filled with concerts this month, counting amongst them a performance by the megastar himself.

As previously reported, Tarkan will be giving a concert at the Gümbet Bianca Beach Club on 7 August, under the banner of "The Real One" evening events.

Tarkan will be arriving in the region with 3 lorries and surprises for his fans that evening, Hürriyet writes.

UPDATE: Bodrum Thousands See Tarkan >>

In Other Reports

Screencap of reportsMoving on, as a property portal counts Tarkan as among the Turkish wealthy to be purchasing houses in America, an article by Takvim writes that now Tarkan has sold his home in New York, the singer is looking to purchase property in Turkey.

Takvim writes that Tarkan has his eye on properties in the Turkish region of Kazdağı or Mount Ida to give its ancient name. It is a mountain in northwestern Turkey, southeast of the ruins of Troy, along the north coast of the Gulf of Edremit, and is currently hot property amongst the wealthy.

Tarkan has bought a villa in the region for the amount of 400,000 euros, the paper's report claims.

Continuing on the subject of investments, paper Bugün has added Tarkan in an article which lists singing celebrities and their "investment secret" of opening up their own studio or music company.

Stating that this means artists can produce albums more cheaply, and make money off other artists, too, Bugün's article describes Tarkan as someone who is involved with all stages of music.

"While Tarkan generally records his albums abroad, he runs music company HITT ... and has released a number of artists' albums," the article writes.

And the Turkish Journal has run a piece on high class New York restaurant the Turkish Kitchen, which has seen celebrities of both cultures don its tables it says, from US celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Smith, Brad Pitt, Madonna, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks and David Letterman, to Turkish celebrities like Tarkan.

Screencap of reportAnd finally, a celebrity libel case where Tarkan's name has been mentioned in passing is still ongoing, a celebrity portal writes.

In a case where singer Özcan Deniz is suing ex-girlfriend Şebnem Schaeffer in court for publicly suggesting he was bisexual on Turkish TV, Schaeffer's defence lawyer has submitted as evidence to the court ten years of newspaper gossip of an alleged relationship Deniz had with Tarkan, the report says.

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