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Friday, November 20, 2009

Tarkan Says Hello Again to Russia

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

TV Promo of Tarkan interview
(© HTB Russia)
Federal Russian television network HTB (NTV) has run a ten minute slot on Turkish recording artist Tarkan, with a recent interview with the popular star in Istanbul.

Aired as part of its evening culture show "I snova zdravstvuite/И снова здравствуйте" (And Hello Again), the Russian female reporter was a guest of the artist in Istanbul, as he drove her around to show her the sites of the city, and where the Russian crew filmed an interview with Tarkan by the Bosphorus and in a luxury hotel convention room.

In the video report, Tarkan talks about the loneliness of fame and his need for love, revealing he currently has a girlfriend, and that he would like to have children one day and backpack across the world.

The artist also mentions stripping for animal rights movement PETA, and denies rumours that he has undergone plastic surgery.

European version of video single to SimarikDescribing Tarkan as an artist that started a revolution in Turkish music that spread across the globe, the report also touches upon the unofficial Russian cover versions of his songs.

In addition, there are a couple of misnomers in the Russian report, most notably when it says the European version of Tarkan's video single to "Şımarık" (Ölürüm Sana/1997) was filmed in the streets of Istanbul - when it was really filmed in Marseilles, France in September 1998 - and that the word "Şıkıdım" (A-acayipsin, 1994) from his hit track meant a click of fingers during a dance, when it means the whole dance.

The successful singer is currently in Russia for three November live shows, running simultaneously with his Turkish citrus fruit ad campaign on the continent.

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