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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Press Snippets: Playing Tarkan

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Tarkan Brings Life to the Industry

Screencap of reportMedia portal Haberturk's variety section HTMagazin has run an article about the rejuvenation in sales the Turkish music industry is enjoying thanks to Tarkan's latest album release Adımı Kalbine Yaz.

Although the article is headlined with the previously reported news that Tarkan and his ex-girlfriend, businesswoman and lawyer Bilge Öztürk, spent time together backstage at the Harbiye, the article in the main is about the general rush on albums the music market is currently experiencing because of Tarkan's record release.

"In close to 200 stores not one Tarkan album remains on the shelves ... the owner of Mert Müzik, Halit Nart said, "Stores on average ordered a thousand copies, but they were sold immediately. We're waiting for new CDs from the factory. In 10 years there hasn't been such demand," while co-owner of Esen Elektronik, Tuncay Bakırcıoğlu said, "It's been a long time since there was an album that sold this quickly. There are only [a few] artists like Tarkan left in Turkey. We have to support them"," the article writes.

Paper Uses Mother Tarkan's Name

Screencap of reportTarkan has appeared in newspaper Akşam's financial sections about a previously reported campaign against the Turkish government by the country's main nature society in Tarkan's paternal homestead of İkizdere in Rize.

The Doğa Derneği has been campaigning against the proposed building of hydro-powered dams, because of the significant threat to the ecosystems of rivers and streams.

Headlined as "They're going to use Tarkan's mother to get the dams accepted", the latest reports are saying that the companies building the dams have changed tactics and will try and persuade the local residents - which include Tarkan's family (albeit in his father's side and not his mother's) - to agree to back the energy plans for the region via their own promotional lobby.

Playing Snap with Songs

Screencap of reportAfter the news that Turkish singer-songwriter Serdar Ortaç and Tarkan both have a track titled "İşim Olmaz" on their 2010 releases, Sabah has written a report about how the latest trend of summer albums in Turkish share similarities in lyrics and song titles.

Music producer Ozan Doğulu - whose album interviews are still being published in the press - has a song called "Öp" on his release like Tarkan, Sabah writes.

Tarkan on the Black Market

Screencap of reportAnd after reports that over 700 tickets were given away free for Demet Akalın's Harbiye show organised by HITT, an article in paper Sabah writes that Akalın managed to "pass the grade" by filling the Harbiye open air arena for her show in the Kral summer series kick-started with Tarkan.

The article writes that while tickets to Akalın's show didn't see much demand on the black market - going for £20 TL - in comparison Tarkan's Harbiye show tickets were going for £150-200 TL on the black market.

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