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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Press Snippets: Going Round Tarkan

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportsIn today's look at the Turkish press, the coverage surrounding Tarkan involves the Turkish singer indirectly, with a mix of reports from the main news and variety sections. They include reports of a 2008 female warm-up act for his Russian and Azerbaijan concerts managing to capture US airtime on drama "Desperate Housewives" and Turkish singer/songwriter Serdar Ortaç who is looking to release a summer album in wake of Tarkan's anticipated release (see left pic).

As Crimean Tatar female singer Zarema - who was the opening act for Tarkan at a few concerts in 2008 and had been romantically linked with him during that time - has been trying to make a name for herself in America, Turkish paper Milliyet's variety section Cadde writes that Ortaç is planning to release a new record this summer, featuring a duet with an international music star, in anticipation of a similar Tarkan release.

There have been rumours that Tarkan would be singing with some international stars prior to the release of a new record.

Elsewhere moving away from celebrity reports, Tarkan has been mentioned in two columns today covering law and politics.

Writing for Haber Gazete Savaş Süzal criticises the Turkish prime minister for "dancing with the Armenians" in Washington DC, claiming that Turkey must be the only country in the world that "hates it military" - indicating the recent trials in Turkey to weed out a secular, ultra-nationalist organisation from its army that allegedly had plans to overthrow the current government due to its Islamic roots.

"Even when the Soviets broke up, they managed to make their army into a singing choir that travelled the world and sang songs from Tarkan," he opines.

Meanwhile, Hürriyet's Rauf Tamer has touched upon the recent spate of celebrity arrests in Turkey, with the latest sting operations in connection with match-fixing seeing big names in Turkish football being taken in for questioning.

On a subject Tarkan Deluxe correspondent Mark Mayhey had covered recently, Hürriyet correspondent Tamer in his article complains that such public arrests - which result in release and not much else - are a blot on the law and do nothing but cause embarrassment.

"So tell me, why did they take Tarkan in? Why did they release him? Where is Tarkan now? And what has changed?" Tamer asks.

<< Read about Tarkan's four day detainment by Turkish authorities here

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