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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sponsor Music Station on Tarkan

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of pollMajor Turkish music station Kral is running a poll on the frontpage of its official site asking its listeners to vote for their favourite track from Tarkan's 2010 album Adımı Kalbine Yaz.

Participants are asked to provide their details alongside their vote to be entered in a draw to win one of thirty autographed 2010 Tarkan albums.

As of writing, the results show that track "Adımı Kalbine Yaz" - which lends its name to the album - is first, while in second place is the Tarkan-Yıldız Tilbe track "İşim Olmaz", which was one of the two songs Tarkan had decided to put back into the album at the last moment.

More noticeable is that dance tracks "Acımayacak" and "Öp", touted to be the next big hits for the singer, are currently trailing at bottom positions in the Kral poll.

Tarkan Number 1 for Album Sales and on National Radio

Screencap of listsAccording to figures published by Kral's top ten of the nation for week beginning 20 August, Tarkan is still holding the top position for album sales across Turkey.

Kral's national top ten marks the ten most listened to artists in Turkey for that week according to airplay popularity by national and local radio stations overall, including hard copy and digital sale figures.

Meanwhile, the singer's chart positions across the board for his song "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu" ("Love's Last Strike") sees Tarkan jump up from a number four position last week back to the top spot for most airplay on national radio stations, while sticking at number two for local Turkish radio stations.

However, it has dropped down to fourth place from second position last week on the national digital sales chart.

Tarkan on Sponsor Station's Chart

Kral FM radio chartAnd after securing both number one spots in Kral's radio and video charts with his track "Sevdanın Son Vuruşu", Tarkan keeps hold of the top spot from last week with the song "Adımı Kalbine Yaz" on the station's radio chart.

Reflecting the current results of the poll on the music station's frontpage, Tarkan's track "Acımayacak" has dropped out after an entry at number nine last week, with Tarkan's "İşim Olmaz" entering in at number twelve of Kral radio's chart this week.

Tarkan's music company HITT had organised its 6th annual summer open air concerts at the Harbiye in Istanbul under the sponsorship of Kral this year, which was kick-started with a performance by Tarkan on 31 July.

Tarkan on Kral's TV Report: Tarkan Conquers Turkey

Elsewhere at the station, Kral has aired a variety report on Tarkan's current concerts, including footage from the singer's successful shows.

Kral Magazin segment on Tarkan's early August shows

The show Kral Magazin says that as megastar Tarkan stamps his mark on the music world with songs from his latest album played all across the nation, interest is growing in the singer evidenced by his recent sell-out shows in the first half of August.

Airing footage from Tarkan's smash hit two date show on 31 July and 1 August for HITT's 6th annual open air summer gig under Kral's sponsorship this year, and from his concerts at Taşköprü, Bodrum and his father's village of İkizdere, Tarkan is running from performance to performance, the Kral TV report says.

Tarkan's Harbiye Success, Tarkan Honoured by Fans

With Kral Magazin's behind-the-scenes footage of preparations for the Harbiye shows - which the report says began two days prior to the first show - the celebrity report also documents the long queue of fans gathering to wait hours before Tarkan was set to take the stage and Istanbul by storm.

And before showing a sea of people at the open air arena all dancing along to the singer's new songs, the Kral Magazin report aired footage of Tarkan's meeting with his long supporting fans from the Tarkan community, too, as they presented their idol with gifts at the Harbiye.

Organised by Tarkan International members Tarkanclub - the first international internet fan club ever set up for the pop star - and Tarkancoll, the report shows a Turkish fan displaying her arm tattoo of Tarkan's face to the singer, while other fans had come from all across the globe - including Latin America - to see Tarkan.

"Mexico, Brazil, France, Poland, and Spain ... of course," Tarkan counted, while proudly showing the camera a book of photographs with Tarkanclub members and himself, presented to the singer by his fans.

With Tarkanclub founder Marleen van Woensal standing beside Tarkan, the artist said of his fans, "It's an amazing honour. They come to all my concerts and meet up with each other."

Thousands See Tarkan Live

Kral's TV report also covers video footage from Tarkan's 6 August appearance at a garlic festival in Taşköprü, Kastamonu, where it says that around 30,000 people gathered to watch Tarkan sing, with female fans displaying large banners and causing a stampede to get to the star at the end of his show.

It follows on to his 7 August Bodrum concert, including his visit to the doyenne of Turkish classical music, Müzeyyen Senar, before the beach show. The report details that 3,500 people attended the top beach club where the concert was staged, while the show caused sea traffic as boats stopped to listen to Tarkan sing.

The report on the singer's series of concerts is rounded off with his appearance at a festival held at his father's village of İkizdere in Rize. With the report saying that close to 25,000 people attended the show, the singer was introduced on to the stage during daylight hours as "Turkey's megstar".

It also shows the moment where Tarkan stops singing to ask a girl fan not to cry at the Rize show.

"I'm here now, don't cry anymore," he says, to which the young girl is filmed hoarsely screaming, "I love you very much!"

Down Memory Lane with Tarkan

And finally, the Kral Magazin report, in a separate segment on pop nostalgia, sees a little unknown piece of Tarkan trivia pop up.

Still at the start of his career, Tarkan appears in a 1993 pop video to one of Turkish singer Fatih Erkoç's earliest tracks. Edited from scenes of a show where Erkoç made an appearance with various other artists, Tarkan can be seen in an unbuttoned shirt dancing with Nazan Öncel on stage.

Nearly a decade later Öncel and Tarkan were to collaborate together to such hits as "Hüp" (Karma, 2001) and "Dudu" (Dudu, 2003), after a dispute over the ownership of the hit track "Şımarık" (Ölürüm Sana, 1997) with Sezen Aksu led to a split between Tarkan and Aksu.

Fatih Erkoç - Elveda Tatlım (Farewell My Sweet)

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