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Friday, June 04, 2010

Press Snippets: Searching for Tarkan

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Bugün correspondent Aykut Işıklar has criticised the prestigious Hürriyet Altın Kelebek Awards (Golden Butterfly Awards) in a recent article.

Claiming that he instigated the idea for the Turkish newspaper's celebrity awards ceremony 37 years ago, where every year celebrity nominees are put to the public vote with the most popular names awarded a golden statuette, Işıklar suggests that the winners are not always the ones the public votes for.

"Having been chosen as Best Male Artist simply because his aunty works at Hürriyet, how will Yalın be able to look Tarkan in the face?" Işıklar asks.

"No Tarkan for Season Finale"

There has been some contradictory reports in the Turkish gossip press recently about a rumoured Tarkan appearance on a talk show hosted by comedian Beyazıt Öztürk - who has run a long campaign to get Tarkan on his Beyaz Show.

Although gossip columns had reported that, speaking after the Altın Kelebek ceremony, comedian Öztürk had said Tarkan would be coming on his show for its season finale, media portal Haberturk's variety section HTMagazin's report on the awards evening writes that Öztürk said Tarkan would not be appearing.

It turns out the gossip columns were wrong, as Tarkan did not appear on the show.

Love Mix-up Reports

Elsewhere, as a celebrity news report says that ex-model, singer and Tarkan's "secret love" Nil Özalp lined up to take a picture with Rihanna - who gave her first-ever Istanbul gig last week - celebrity correspondent Bülent Cankurt claims that Özalp's relationship with the Turkish megastar is over.

Contrary to other gossip reports that write Tarkan had ignored Özalp during a night out in Istanbul, Cankurt claims Tarkan had come out to find Özalp that evening because she had ended their year-long relationship due to the singer's jealous nature.

Tweeting Tarkan

Meanwhile, Turkish music label DMC rep Samsun Demir has responded to tweets from followers about Tarkan's 2010 album release.

As he gives a release date for 21 June - but says the final decision is Tarkan's - female pop singer Gülşen has tweeted to a radio DJ her request for Tarkan's latest track "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike").

"So our insides can melt with his voice," she tweets.

In Other Reports

A property website has reported that Tarkan has purchased an apartment in the up-and-coming Galata neighbourhood in the Beyoğlu district of the European side of Istanbul, while gossip portal Habershow writes that Czech model, best known as a former Victoria's Secret Angel, and aspiring actress Karolína Isela Kurková spoke to Turkish reporters in Istanbul to say she was a Tarkan fan.

And finally, a Romanian heavy metal music site has mentioned Tarkan in a write-up of an Oriental Black Metal band's latest release from Saudi Arabia.

"Their sound is complex and mystical, that characterises the experimental catchy albums of artists like Tarkan," it writes.

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