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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Press Snippets: Tarkan Impersonations

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Turkish paper Yeni Asır has published an interview with a Turkish comedian from Izmir, Yüksel Ünal, who has talked about his impersonations of the Turkish megastar in the report, while paper Vatan writes that Turkish celebrities are being impersonated on social networking sites.

Unofficial Facebook profiles have been set up under Tarkan's name, with some false profiles pretending to send messages from the Turkish megastar himself, Vatan says.

Meanwhile, Hürriyet columnist Ercan Saatçi has touched upon the growing criticism surrounding popstress Hadise for her rendition of the Turkish National Anthem she sang at the Red Bull Arena in New York before the start of a national football match.

Outlining the musical technical difficulties in singing the anthem solo, "even if Tarkan sang it we'd finish his stardom in an instant," he writes.

And a sports report, on a volleyball match against Romania and Italy for the 2010 Men's European Volleyball Championship hosted by Italy, writes that Tarkan's hit track "Şımarık" (Ölürüm Sana, 1997) was played during the competition at the Palazzetto dello sport arena in Gioia del Colle.

Elsewhere in Hürriyet, an interview with music producer Ozan Doğulu on his first album has been published, claiming he has "the album of the summer".

Reports write that Doğulu's release will host a myriad of Turkish singers, including the megastar himself.

UPDATE: Tarkan Releases Before the Release >>

Doğulu has worked with Tarkan on the 2001 hit single "Hüp" and the 2008 re-issue of the megastar's Metamorfoz.

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And finally, ex-girlfriends and close friends have made comments about Tarkan's latest musical offering, "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike").

As a gossip portal reports that Tarkan's ex-girlfriend, lawyer and businesswoman Bilge Öztürk has said she has heard Tarkan's latest track and "really likes it", an entertainment programme on Turkish TV has aired a report with singer Sibel Can where she talks about Tarkan's new songs.

"People have only heard one track, I've had the chance to listen to a few and they are super," Can said to a reporter at the airport on her way to give a concert in the northern Turkish territories of Cyprus.

"He's coming back with an amazing album."

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