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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Tarkan to Hit Istanbul Stage

By Steffan Matrak posted from Moscow, Russia

All Tarkan's three performances at Istanbul’s Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Stage on September 3, 4 and 6 are back on sale after being suspended last week.

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It follows the iconic singer's appearance to protest the failed 15 July coup in a TV advert running the slogan, "We are citizens of Turkey, we won't give in to coups or terrorism".

Tarkan had previously signed a "No to Coup" manifesto released by celebrities days after the attacks, but the advert comes against a backdrop of rising criticism against the iconic singer who has refused to share his condolences on his social media accounts with civilians who lost their lives that day.

He was conspiciously absent from a mass rally in Istanbul on Sunday where hundreds of thousands of people gathered under the hashtag #TurkeyUnited to protest against last month's attempted coup.

Tarkan's current music label DMC was present at the rally, and label exec Samsun Demir, tweeting from the event, refused to comment on the artist's absence.

A rift was rumoured between singer and label, but Demir retweeted the TV advert after a fan asked him yesterday why he had not tweeted about it.

Demir also retweeted the listening figures for the audio release of "Cuppa" on Tarkan's official YouTube account. The track has reached over four million in the past few days. Previously it had taken two weeks for it to reach two million hits.

The line-up to the Harbiye concerts also reveals a change of heart by the singer who has decided to focus on his classical album instead of sidelining it for a pop release as previously planned.

It had seemed that Tarkan was finally breaking a chain of bad luck when he had refuted rumours last year his pop album had been lost due to computer error.

Allegations the pop artist had lost his studio records to his much-awaited album due to a hard-disk error circulated social media last December, but the star had quickly reassured his fans his new album remained intact and all the claims were "untrue".

Rumoured by some radio DJs to have now been scrapped, the upcoming album will be Tarkan's first album in over half a decade and was planned to be released in the first half of 2016.

It's unclear whether the album's postponement is because of the cold reception to his latest pop offering, or instead, by focusing on his classical album, to try and win the patriotic hearts and minds of a public some say he shunned by boycotting the 7 August rally.

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