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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Press Snippets: Hitting on Tarkan

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportTurkish paper Akşam has run an article today about a video single prepared by the Istanbul Police Force to celebrate their 165th year, which includes two celebrities that have had a brush with the law - but not Tarkan (see left pic).

The article writes that TV actors Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ and İlker Ayrık, both having recent run-ins with the law over traffic offences, have made appearances in the video single to a song prepared by Turkish rap artist Ceza called "Artık suç değil sevgi işleyin" (Commit love, not crime now) - but Tarkan is notable for his absence from the project.

On the subject of whether Tarkan would be taking part in any concerts during the week-long celebrations, speaking at a press conference unveiling the video, Head of Police Hüseyin Çapkın said, "We're not trying to hurt anyone's feelings. The subject is closed," Devrim Tosunoğlu writes for Akşam.

Recent reports in the Turkish press have been writing that Tarkan had been replaced for the police force's celebrations after his arrest during a drug raid on his home in Istanbul.

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

Moving on, media portal Televizyon Gazetesi has re-printed the news of results polled in by global market research company Ipsos KMG in conjunction with MediaCat with another sensationalist headline, this time claiming that Tarkan has "hit rock bottom".

Although the original news published by MediaCat went with the headline that public trust in Tarkan had risen by 1%, Televizyon Gazetesi has decided to put a spin on the report to show the poll results as damaging Tarkan's reputation, focusing on the singer's slide two places in the list to number twenty.

Aksu in America

Screencap of reportsMeanwhile, Tarkan is mentioned in a report covering Turkish diva Sezen Aksu and her American concerts between 4 and 7 April (see left pic).

"Aksu's influence on Turkish pop and world music has continued since her début in 1975, and has been reinforced by her patronage of and collaboration with many other musicians, including Sertab Erener, Şebnem Ferah, Hande Yener, and Levent Yuksel. Her work with Tarkan resulted in continental hits like "Simarik" (Olurum Sana/1997) and "Sikidim" (Aacayipsin/1994) and her collaboration with Goran Bregovic widened her international audience," Trading Markets writes.

Elsewhere, The Washington Post's "Going Out Guide" had recommended Aksu's show, writing, "If Sezen Aksu were French instead of Turkish, her name might very well be Edith Piaf, so firm is the former's command of the soaring balladry. Hear "The Queen of Turkish Pop" for yourself in her first U.S. tour in 10 years."

More than 8,000 people are expected to attend Aksu's American shows.

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