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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Tarkan Press Buzz

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Tarkan Deluxe takes a look at the Turkish press and the buzz surrounding Tarkan in the previous month, with Turkish newspaper Sabah and online portal Haberturk publishing articles ranging from new takes on previous stories alongside the usual name-dropping entertainment reports about the pop star.

Making Money with Tarkan

In a Sabah report, female pop singer - and self-confessed Tarkan fan known for her acerbic wit - Demet Akalın, giving a concert to 4,000 people in Bursa, Turkey, under the organisation of Tarkan's company HITT is claimed to have joked on stage about making Tarkan money, while Hüseyin Emre, the owner of music label Emre Müzik, in an interview for Sabah called his transition of female singer Sibel Can by moving her away from the Turkish arabesque genre to singing Tarkan's songs as a great success.

Meanwhile, Sabah writes about the previously published speculation of a song Tarkan has given Can for her 2009 release, adding that it's the first time the singer asked his close friend for a fee - on the condition that she would donate it for the education of girls in Turkey under the auspices of the Association for Support of Modern Life (Çağdaş Yaşamı Destekleme Derneği).

Claiming that Can's manager paid the donation immediately, while Can got Tarkan to promise that he would build a school when he reaches the age of 40, the article also prints the lyrics to the song in question - which includes the words "Çok Ayıp" (So Rude), one of the titles that had been rumoured for the song.

Senay Akay talking about Tarkan on Turkish TV
Senay Akay previously talking about
Tarkan on Turkish TV
And a report by Haberturk links to another previously published news story, with model, image-maker and PR consultant Şenay Akay continuing to hold up Tarkan as a prime example of success in the entertainment industry during another TV show.

When asked who she thought was the ideal image of a strong man, Akay answered Tarkan, and when another female guest suggested the host of the show was a more ideal example, Akay was adamant. "Tarkan is more successful than you," the model responded to the host.

Ironically the male host of the show was a one time anchor man who had colluded with a convicted blackmailer to air private photos of Tarkan - allegedly showing him in intimate embraces with other men - on TV in 2001.

Celebrating Talent

Another Haberturk article writes about the recently reported photograph exhibition, which includes Tarkan, opening to the public today at the Aya Irini (Hagia Irene), a museum located in the outer courtyard of the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul, where Tarkan gave a memorable concert in 1996.

The article writes that the photographed celebrities will be attending the June 3 opening, with celebrated musician Fahir Atakoğlu performing at the occasion.

Tarkan had collaborated with Atakoğlu last year for Atakoğlu's own tribute album "IZ" commemorating the musician's 25 years in music, followed by an appearance on stage with the musician as a special guest.

Finally, Sabah has published an interview with Japanese artist Sizzle Ohtaka – known as the singer with the fabulous rainbow voice - about her love of all things Turkish, why she dedicated her 21st album to the Turkish cultural capital city of Istanbul, and of course Tarkan.

"Even though our music might be different, in some aspects its the same, and Tarkan is really loved in my country," she said.

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