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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Press Snippets: Relating to Tarkan Again

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportIn current news stories relating to Tarkan in the Turkish press, paper Hürriyet's variety section Kelebek has reported on the news that Tarkan's ex-girlfriend, businesswoman and lawyer Bilge Öztürk spent several hours with the singer backstage at the Harbiye, but that they have not resumed their relationship.

Meanwhile, the Turkish press have been publishing stories about Turkish singer-songwriter Serdar Ortaç and Tarkan.

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While a celebrity portal writes that Ortaç has been spotted in "overly friendly poses" with Tarkan's ex, female singer Nil Özalp, paper Posta prints Ortaç has listened to a few tracks from Tarkan's 2010 album and that he really likes them.

"There's only 3-4 of us left, we should be appreciated," he is quoted as saying.

Screencap of reportElsewhere in the variety sections of media portal Haberturk is a report about a rock festival where a senior Turkish rocker mentioned Tarkan on stage.

Cahit Berkay, guitarist from rock group Moğollar, one of the pioneer bands in Turkish rock music for about 40 years, mentioned how Tarkan was the inspiration for a song to the audience.

"I love Tarkan, [but not] Serdar Ortaç!" he is quoted to have said on stage, causing laughter from the crowd.

Next up, are reports about the Turkish singer's scheduled appearance for a festival at his father's homestead of İkizdere, a town and district of the Rize Province in the Black Sea region of Turkey.

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Described as the biggest festival of its kind, the three day festival is gearing up to welcome the singer back "home", the reports write.

The 15th Ovit Yaylası Şenlikleri (Mountain Pastures Festivities) is set to be held between the dates of 6-8 August, and has seen crowds as large as 250,000 in past years, previous reports claim.

UPDATE: Tarkan at Ovit festival >>

Screencap of reportAnd in a column headlined "Oh, Knock on Wood!" published by Beyaz Gazete about how people are tied by superstitions and makes fun of such beliefs.

"A black cat just crossed Tarkan's path, his album sales after two days has fallen!" the columnist jokes - giving a nod to recent reports of the singer's "record-breaking" 2010 album.

Finally, a report about a young man named Ahmet living with cerebral palsy has said that his favourite artist is Tarkan, and that his wish is to one day meet him.

The talented twenty-year-old youth who is an inspiration for the way he lovingly holds on to life, has said that if he were well, he would do everything in his power to be the best musician he could.

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