Infobox musical artist
Name = Tarkan Tevetoğlu
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Viennawith Hungarian fans; 23 June 2006
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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Tarkan Tevetoğlu
Alias = Tarkan
Born = birth date and age|1972|10|17
Folk pop, adult contemporary, pop rock, dance-pop
Singer-songwriter record producer
Years_active = 1991 - Present
HITT Production, Urban, Universal, İstanbul Plak
URL = [http://www.tarkan.com Tarkan.com]
Tarkan Tevetoğlu (born
October 17, 1972), popularly known as Tarkan, is a World Musicaward winning German-born Turkishpop singer. Tarkan has been known for the use of sexual and romantic themes in his work and has been nicknamed the "Prince Of Pop" by the media.cite web|url=http://www.hillsdalesites.org/collegian/128/128_9/arts/musicreview.htm|title=Turk Prince of Pop|work=Chacko, Jessica © Hillsdale Collegian|accessdate=November 11|accessyear=2004] He has released several platinum-selling albums during his career, with an estimated 15 million albums sold.cite web|url=http://www.sofiaecho.com/article/location-of-tarkan-concert-in-bulgaria-changed/id_15504/catid_70|title=News Bulletin|work=The Sofia Echo|accessmonthday=May 26 |accessyear=2006] He also produces music through his company HITT Music, which he established in 1997. One of a few European singers that has managed to span chart success over three continents without singing in English, the artist is also noted for his live stage performances. Tarkan's effect on Turkey has been compared by the Washington Postas analogous to Elvisin America circa 1957 and Atlantic Recordsco-founder Ahmet Ertegündescribed him as one of the best live performers he had ever seen.cite web|url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A41014-2001Nov16¬Found=true|title=Pop Music's Young Turk|work= Washington Post|accessmonthday=November 18 |accessyear=2001] He has also been listed by Rhapsody as a key artist in the history of European pop music, with his signature song" Şımarık" as a keystone track that moved the genre forward.cite web|url=http://www.rhapsody.com/worldreggae/europemediterranean/europop/more.html|title=Key Artists in Euro Pop|work=Rhapsody|accessmonthday=May 18 |accessyear=2007]
Tarkan was born in
Alzey, Germany, to Ali and Neşe Tevetoğlu, and was named after a popular 1960s Turkish comic bookcharacter.cite web|url=http://www.tarkan.com.tr/|title=Sezgin Burak's Tarkan|work=Sezgin Burak Foundation|accessmonthday=May 3 |accessyear=2007] The name is said to originate from an ancient Turkic king or title,cite web|url=http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2005/12/theories-of-relativity.html#nameoftarkan|title=Theories of Relativity|work=Tarkan DeLuxe|accessmonthday=December 29 |accessyear=2005] meaning bold and strong.cite web|url=http://tarkantr.blogspot.com/2005/05/ive-set-my-sights-on-grammy.html|title=Set My Sights On a Grammy|work= Hello!Magazine|accessmonthday=February 14 |accessyear=2007]
His parents were part of the generation of Turkish
immigrantsthat came to West Germanyduring that country's economic boom. Tarkan has three older half-siblings named Adnan, Gülay and Nuray from his mother's first marriage, and a brother, Hakan, and younger sister, Handan from her marriage to his father. Although Tarkan was raised in Alzey until the age of 13, his fatherAli suddenly decided to move the family back to Turkey in 1986. His father died of a heart attack in 1995 at the age of 49, and was buried in his home village of Rüzgarlı Köy,cite web|url=http://www.tarkan.tripod.com/doc.html|title=Making Moves, A Tarkan Documentary|work=Tarkan DeLuxe & MKP © 2005|accessmonthday=May 31 |accessyear=2005] in the Turkish Black Searegion of Rize. His mother later married an architect, Seyhun Kahraman. [ [http://webarsiv.hurriyet.com.tr/1997/10/12/13530.asp Annesini evlendirdi (He got his mother married)] – Hürriyet] Tarkan keeps close ties with his family in Turkey and Germany. He still understands the language though speaks little, since he has been living in Turkey for 20 years. [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo_6crpMV6E Interview with Tarkan on German TV] ]
Tarkan has charted in
Russia, Europeand in the Americaswith his definitive song " Şımarık" (Spoilt/Kiss Kiss/Chanson Du Bisou/Besos). As a result of its widespread success and immediately recognizable sound of Tarkan kissingon the track, "Şımarık" was reincarnated into English as "Kiss Kiss" by Stella Soleiland later Holly Valance(which notched her a UK number one hit), after the composer Sezen Aksusold the music rights. It has been covered by various artists across the world in various languages. Another successful Aksu collaborationwas the hit single " Şıkıdım" (Shake).cite web|url=http://tarkantr.blogspot.com|title=Albums and Lyrics in English|work=Tarkan Translations|accessmonthday=June 28 |accessyear=2004] His entry into the European musical consciousness kick-started a Turkish pop boom in Germany and Turkey in the 1990s, with his European successes on the verge of the new millenniumsignalling that the musical borders between Turkey and Europe, more specifically Germany, were dissolving.cite web|url=http://www.qantara.de/webcom/show_article.php/_c-301/_nr-75/_p-1/i.html|title=The German Turkish Pop Scene|work=Bax, Daniel © Qantara|accessdate=February 22|accessyear=2008] Because of his success his name was to be taken for granted domestically, if not become a hallmark, in pop music and become the prime example of Turkish pop obtaining an audience outside Turkey to help further the sound development of popular music in Europe. Over the years his works have maintained their popularity, with Tarkan's 2007 studio album " Metamorfoz" selling over a quarter of a million copies in the first two weeks of its release on 25 December 2007. [http://arsiv.sabah.com.tr/2008/01/03/haber,AD96906BD7F24668B9FDF16763D420E9.html Hürriyet reports] ]
When the Tevetoğlu family relocated to Turkey, Tarkan began to study
musicin Karamürselat high school, before being accepted at the Üsküdar Musiki Cemiyeti Academy in Istanbul. [ [http://www.uskudarmusikicemiyeti.com/sanatcilarimiz.htm Alumni list of the Üsküdar Musiki Cemiyeti] ] After his family moved to İstanbulin 1988, he began to prepare for Universityentrance exams in 1990, but had a difficult time in İstanbul with little money, and worked in low-paying jobs including a stint as a wedding singer. Music legend has it just as he was preparing to return to Germany, he met Mehmet Söğütoğlu, chairman of the record company İstanbul Plak. Produced by Söğütoğlu, his debut album" Yine Sensiz" ("Without You Again") sold 750 thousand copies after its release in December 1992. For the album he had teamed up with then little known songwriter-composer Ozan Çolakoğlu, who later co-produced his albums. Tarkan's debut provoked mingled feelings among the Turks, but it seemed that young people in Turkish cities who were satisfying their hunger with new sounds from Westerns acts such as Michael Jacksonand U2were looking for their own home grown idol. Considered rebellious for his lyrics, his dressing style and his earrings by traditionalists made him even more attractive to the young. Although his debut album was not extraordinary when compared to other pop albums of the period, what distinguished Tarkan from the earliest days of his musical career was his unique style and image. [http://www.qantara.de/webcom/show_article.php/_c-587/_nr-12/_p-1/i.html Lehmann, Lennert. Completely Detached] – Quantara.de]
Şıkıdım era (1994-1996)
The success of Tarkan in the early 90s was seen by some as a sign of growing admiration for Western music, and the artist's real success came two years later. Collaborating with Turkey's "little sparrow", prominent producer and songwriter
Sezen Aksu, [The name "minik serçe", that is "little sparrow" was given to Sezen Aksu by [http://www.haberler.com/sezen-aksu/biyografisi/ journalist Yavuz Gökmen] . Aksu has a song with the same title as well.] Tarkan's highly anticipated second album "Aacayipsin" ("Oh - You're Something Else") sold more than two million copies in Turkey and 750 thousand copies in Europe. Such high European sales were a first-time feat for a Turkish performer. Aksu wrote two songs for the album, the radio friendly "Hepsi Senin Mi?", which was later relicensed as " Şıkıdım" (Shake) for the European market, and a pop-rock number "Şeytan Azapta". "Hepsi Senin Mi?" incorporated shaky Turkish rhythms and lyrics of pure slang, and in the video to the song Tarkan slanted his body to the rhythmic melody of the song while displaying a naked chest. This was considered to be bold and daring in the newly opening but still conservative Turkish music industry. Building on his taboo-breaking and rebellious image, the video to "Şeytan Azapta" incorporated scenes from the tour that followed, where dancers would strip Tarkan naked on stage. This erotic persona was enhanced by the artist posing naked and semi-naked for the most popular Turkish magazines of the period,cite web|url=http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2007/12/chronicle-of-tarkans-image.html|title=A Chronicle of Tarkan's Image|work=Hürriyet|accessmonthday=December 27 |accessyear=2007] including becoming the first male to make the front cover of the domestic division of the "Cosmopolitan (Cosmo)".
In 1994 he experienced a dip in the new found celebrity status the album had generated, when he made a live broadcast gaffe on private Turkish TV channel ATV's anniversary celebration during an interview. His response when asked how he was, captured live on camera, was "Çişim var, ağabey." ("I've gotta pee, man.") He was publicly criticised for the comment and only after performing traditional songs on another TV special did he endear himself again to the nation.
In part to remove himself from media scrutiny, Tarkan moved to
New Yorkin 1994 to complete his education at Baruch Collegeand learn English in the U.S. [ [http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/archives.php?id=15693 Tarkan: From the stage to the barracks] - Turkish Daily News] During this period he filmed a video to another song from his second album, "Dön Bebeğim", in New York. Again Tarkan stripped for this project, but this time he wasn't alone. Sharing a bed with a female American model for the slow love song, the opening scenes of the video show the two naked and simulating the aftermath of a love scene. Unused sex scenes from the video are still aired on celebrity entertainment programmes from time to time in Turkey. [ [http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2007/11/tarkans-sexy-scenes-resurface-again.html Tarkan's Sexy Scenes Resurface Again] - Tarkan Deluxe] While in America, he met the Turkish founder of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegün, who had seen him perform in İstanbul at the celebrations of the TV station during which he had made his speech gaffe. Tarkan has described Ertegün as his mentor in music and business.cite web|url=http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/Music/9908/09/tarkan.wb/index.html|title=Tarkan finds his moves take him across borders|work= CNNWorldbeat|accessmonthday=August 9 |accessyear=1999] Ertegün, who passed away in December 2006, had long been preparing Tarkan for an American career, but Tarkan re-started his English debut album several times.cite web|url=http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2005/05/tarkans-long-hello.html|title=Tarkan's Long Hello|work=Yildirim, Ali © Tarkan DeLuxe 2005|accessmonthday=May 31 |accessyear=2005]
Universal kisses (1997-2000)
In July 1997, the hit song "Şımarık" kick started promotions in Turkey for his third studio album "
Ölürüm Sana" ("I'd Die For You"). This album took a total of three years to complete. Tarkan collaborated once more with Aksu and music engineer Çolakoğlu for the album, which would go on to become his highest grossing album and win the artist his first music industry award for his song "Şımarık". In Turkey alone, "Ölürüm Sana" sold 4.5 million copies. However, it was only an indication of things to come.
Signed by the French branch of recording label
PolyGram(now Universal Music) after the single "Şımarık" was released in Europein 1999, Tarkan reached number three in places like Switzerland, [cite web|url=http://swisscharts.com/showitem.asp?key=3894&cat=s|title=The Official Swiss Charts|work=Swisscharts.com|accessmonthday=April 25 |accessyear=1999] the Netherlands, [cite web|url=http://www.top40web.nl/salestop40/jaarlijsten/jr1999.html|title=NL Top 40|work=Top 40 web|accessmonthday=June 5 |accessyear=1999] France, and Germany; the song also reached number one in Belgium. He was awarded a gold disc at the Cannes Midem Awards. As the first artist of Turkish origin to sell 500,000 albums in France, in an interview for CNNhe said: "It feels wild, you know, because in the beginning I never thought it was going to really happen. It's all in Turkish, you know, and nobody understands a word. But I think it's a groove. It's the kisses that are universal."
Following the success of the single, Tarkan released a compilation album for Europe entitled "Tarkan". He won a
World Music Awardin Monacofor its rapid sales. He released two more singles in Europe under the Universal ticket: "Şıkıdım" and " Bu Gece" ("Tonight").
Tarkan travelled throughout Europe and
Latin Americato promote his music. Appearing in Ukraine, Morocco, Tunisiaand Russia, he gave a total of eighteen concerts in seventeen European cities. In Latin America the album provided Tarkan with a strong fan base, especially in Mexico, where Universal Musicfunded a promotional tour at the end of 1999. [cite web|url=http://www.turkish-music.net/tarkan.htm|title=Tarkan Biography|work=Turkish Music|accessmonthday=May 25 |accessyear=2000] However, this visit had to be postponed until the second week of March 2000, because Tarkan was called up for military service, which he had suspended to allow for studies in New York. In 2000, the self-titled album was released in the USA with a Universal Latino ticket. Sales went platinum in Latin America. [ [http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2006/11/reader-requests.html Reader Requests, TarkanDeluxe] ]
This album was also to mark an end in his successful musical partnership with Aksu and temporarily end friendly relations between the two artists. A
copyrightdispute erupted between Tarkan and Aksu over the track "Şımarık", which ultimately blocked the singer's chance to release an English-language version of the song. The music was initially credited as composed by Aksu, Tarkan and Çolakoğlu, but Tarkan later admitted in a 2006 interview that this had been done without Aksu's consent, who was the true copyright owner. [cite web|url=http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2006/03/tarkan-confesses.html|title=Tarkan Confesses|work=Tempo Magazine|accessmonthday=March 5 |accessyear=2006] During the dispute, Sezen Aksureleased the publishing rightsinstead to other artists, including Holly Vallance.
At the height of his fame in 1999, Tarkan was called up for military service, which had been legally deferred since 1995. The
deadlinefor commencement had ended in 1998, but due to contractual obligations abroad after the success of his compilation album he did not return to Turkey to do his military service. The media discussed whether Tarkan should be viewed as a deserterand stripped of his citizenship; even the Turkish parliament discussed the issue. [ [http://www.milliyet.com.tr/ekler/gazete_pazar/981108/haber/hab2.html Tarkan Fransa ve Belçika'da pop listelerinde hizla yükseliyor] – Milliyet] [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/1664129.stm Turkish star's trouble over 'explicit' video] – BBC] After the August 1999 earthquakeshook Turkey, the 28-day military service was passed, which allowed for a very short term of service provided that those covered by the law paid $16,000 for the benefit of the earthquake victims. Tarkan returned to Turkey in 2000 and took advantage of this law, completing his service in twenty-eight days. Before entering the army, he gave a return concert in Istanbul, the benefits of which were donated to an earthquake victims' fund. Of his time in military training, he said:
In March 2001, Tarkan joined a
global brandand became the first Pepsi spokespersonin Turkey. This preceded the release of his album "Karma" and for the first time two singles in his domestic market in the same year: " Kuzu Kuzu" ("Like A Lamb") and " Hüp" ("Whoop"). Although "Karma" was not released worldwide, it was distributed in large shipments to Russia, where he had become the largest-selling non-Russian pop star. A million copies shipped to other areas of Europe, including Denmark. His so-called "Karma-era" style projected an image totally different from his earlier persona, with regard to both music and looks. His appearance – tight trousers, loose, unbuttoned shirts or tight T-shirts - and his new hairdo set a trend among young Turkish men, who started to copy his looks. [http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2007/08/tarkan-turkeys-last-greatest-star.html Tez, Mehmet. Tarkan: Turkey's Last Greatest Star] - Sabah. Translation by Ali Yıldırım.] According to hairdressers, his " Kuzu Kuzu" hairstyle is still the most frequently requested style in the salons of Turkey. [http://www.sac-bakimi.com/?sf=icerik&articleid=258&ktg=287&anaktg= Tarkanın Saçı Taklit Ediliyor ("Tarkan's hairdo is being copied")] ] During this time he met Michael Lang, co-organiser of the Woodstock Festival, who became his international manager. According to Lang,
This period was not free of scandals, either. In 2001 researcher Dr. N Aysun Yüksel published a book titled "Tarkan – Yıldız Olgusu" ("Tarkan – Anatomy of a Star"), which was withdrawn from bookshelves by a court order after Tarkan's lawyer Süheyl Atay sued the writer. According to the court's decision the book published personal information and copyrighted photos of the artist, and violated his good reputation. [ [http://webarsiv.hurriyet.com.tr/2001/09/28/34386.asp Tarkan hakkındaki kitap toplatıldı (The book about Tarkan is withdrawn)] – Hürriyet] Another scandal broke out when the video for the single "
Hüp" was released. The Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council considered banning the video, directed by Ferzan Özpetek, from television broadcast, as some viewers complained that the scene in which Tarkan kisses actress Sinemis Candemir was too "explicit" and "pornographic". The case was reported through Europe by the BBC. There was no ban, and fans had their say by voting it the video of the year in 2001 at Kral music station's video awards.
After becoming the face of Pepsi in Turkey, Tarkan also became the official
mascotof the Turkish national football team for the 2002 World Cup. He recorded the football song " Bir Oluruz Yolunda" ("United For You"), which became an anthemfor the fans.
His EP/hybrid album "Dudu" ("Woman") was the first to be released by his own label HITT Music, in the summer of 2003. It was the first album of its kind to sell over a million copies in Turkey, while the title track won Tarkan a "Song of the Year Award" in Russia.cite web|url=http://www.aksam.com.tr/arsiv/aksam/2004/11/06/magazin/magazin7.html|title=Award for Dudu from Russia|work=Aksam Magazine|accessmonthday=June 6 |accessyear=2004] Because his successful creative partnership with Aksu had ended over the ownership of "Şımarık", he worked with
singer-songwriter Nazan Öncelon both "Karma" and "Dudu". Öncel's own "Yan Yana Fotoğraf Çektirelim " album was published under the HITT label. He also released his own perfume line entitled "Tarkan" at the start of 2004.
Although musically a continuation from "Karma", image-wise "Dudu" presented different visuals from the 2001-2003 period. Sexuality became secondary in terms of fashion and concerts were toned down to become intimate affairs. [ [http://tarkantr.blogspot.com/2005/05/transparent-tarkan.html Transparent Tarkan] "Aktüel Magazine"] The new image portrayed a more laid back Tarkan sporting shorter hair, and wearing less glamorous designs. It was a declaration that glitz and sex were no longer a necessary tool to sell his works. Indicating his desire to show different sides of his personality, "It's not important how sexy I look or whether I dance sexy," he said of his new look. [ [http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/magazin/yazarlar/7906078.asp?yazarid=149 Tarkan’ın imaj tarihçesi ("Tarkan's image history")]
Coming closer to Europe (2005-2006)
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In 2005, Tarkan finally announced that his English language album was ready after over a decade of effort. The plans for "Come Closer" began in 1995, when media mogul
Ahmet Ertegünencouraged Tarkan to break into the international market. Eventually, he managed to break through without the aid of an English language album with "Şımarık", but Tarkan's manager, Ahmet San, entered Tarkan into contractual obligations that would hinder further success in Europe. In the framework of a larger agreement with Ertegün's Atlantic Records, Tarkan had tied his artist's rights to a French publishing company, Jonathan Productions, in which San owned shares. The contract specified that Tarkan could not release his own works without the company's permission. Once "Şımarık" hit the international stage, Tarkan was virtually blocked from releasing anything, as Charles Ibgui, the director of Jonathan Productions, stated in a letter sent to the artist's then domestic label İstanbul Plak: "neither Tarkan nor his producer Mehmet Söğütoğlu can without our permission release any album in any language anywhere in the world". This dissolved the relationship between singer and manager San. Consequently, Tarkan later commented in a newspaper interview that San had "destroyed his American dream" and the English album "had been scrapped". [ [http://tarkantr.blogspot.com/2005/05/ahmet-san-destroyed-my-american-dream.html Ahmet San Destroyed My American Dream] – Hürriyet, translation by Ali Yildirim)] The delay to the initial incarnation of the English album had also been delayed due to disagreements with Ertegün concerning the concept of the defunct album. Ertegün preferred something more American in style, while Tarkan insisted on including many Turkish elements.
In October 2005, Tarkan finally released his debut
English languagesingle "Bounce" in Turkey. "Come Closer" was released in parts of Europeon April 7, 2006, by the Universal Music label. The album features such songwriters as Lester Mendez, who co-wrote Shakira's " Underneath Your Clothes"; Brian Kierulf, who produced songs for Britney Spears; [ [http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/225846/review/5942550?utm_source=Rhapsody&utm_medium=CDreview Britney Spears review] - Rollingstone.com] and singer Wyclef Jean, with who Tarkan recorded the song "Aman Aman". "Bounce" was released in Germany a few days after the release of the album. The German version of the single included an oriental remix, as well as a hip-hopversion featuring Spanish rapper Adassa. A second single, "Start the Fire", was released in August; it included a remix by Turkish DJMousse T. A music video for the Mousse T. version was also produced prior to the single's release.
The album was not a breakthrough success. It was released only in a few European countries and Turkey, and Tarkan appeared on several television shows to promote the album in
Germany, Bulgaria, Romaniaand Russia. The promised world wide tour effectively only included a few Central and Eastern European countries, Azerbaijan, Russia, Austriaand Germany. [ [http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2006/09/on-fringes-of-fame.html Mayhey, Mark. On The Fringes Of Fame] ] Worldwide release was postponed and domestic sales did not approach the success of his previous albums, with only 110,000 copies sold in Turkey. [ [http://www.mu-yap.org/upload/aralik2006/ilk20yabanci.xls MÜY
This period, like others, was stamped with scandal. A Turkish music pirate, well before the official release, leaked four stolen demo recordings from the debut English album onto the internet. [cite web|url=http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2005/08/love-speak-update.html|title=Turkish DJ Steals Tarkan's songs|work=Tarkan DeLuxe|accessmonthday=August 3 |accessyear=2005] Thousands of copies were downloaded illegally before the album's official release. The leaked songs garnered considerable airplay in dance clubs in Turkey, before Tarkan's management took legal action against DJ's playing them. [cite web|url=http://hurarsiv.hurriyet.com.tr/goster/haber.aspx?viewid=622833|title=Latest Developments in Tarkan's Camp|work=
Hürriyetnewspaper|accessmonthday=August 27 |accessyear=2005]
The PETA Controversy
In February 2008, the
animal rightsorganization PETA(People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) commenced a drive to persuade Tarkan to swear off furafter being spotted wearing fur on the cover of his 2005 album, "Come Closer", which featured a coat with a fur lined collar. PETA encouraged its members to send personal
Tarkan's new Turkish language album was released on
25 December 2007, and was comprised almost solely of his own work. Called " Metamorfoz" (" metamorphosis" in English), seven of the songs were written by Tarkan, three other songs were collaborations with long-time engineer and producer Çolakoğlu. [ [http://www.tarkan.com Tarkan.com album teaser site] ] The album sold over 300,000 copies in the first two weeks of its release. Tarkan also became the most downloaded artist at TTNetMüzik, a digital music provider where his songs were made legally available in a digital format at the start of January 2008. Out of nearly two million tracks that were purchased after six weeks downloading, nearly 100,000 of those acquired were Tarkan songs, making him the highest grossing single artist at the music portal. [ [http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2008/02/tarkan-gave-up-award-for-love.html Digital Downloads to Count as Sales] – Tarkan Deluxe.]
Unlike the public's reception, the critical response to "Metamorfoz" was lukewarm. Most music critics found the album musically lacking from Tarkan's previous albums, though not all. [ [http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2008/01/album-sales-pass-300000-in-one-week.html Tarkan Divides Turkish Press] ] Ecevit Kılıç, columnist for Sabah newspaper, hailed Tarkan on his return and called him the "
Orhan Pamukof music", saying that Tarkan, just like Nobel-awarded Pamuk, always does everything his own way, despite all the attacks he has received from the press. [ [http://kultur.sabah.com.tr/muz104-20-20080106-102.html Müzigin Orhan Pamuk'u (Music's Orhan Pamuk)] – Sabah.] Tarkan received congratulations from the chairman of the Turkish Language Associationfor his lyricsmanship by using correct language, traditional idioms and sayings in his lyrics, showing it was said a good example to Turkish youth in preserving the culture of the Turkish language. [ [http://www.ntv.com.tr/news/432001.asp TDK Başkanı: Rahmetli Barış Manço gibi (TLA Chairman Says: He's Like Baris Manco)] ] Besides the sales success, Tarkan also produced the third highest viewer rating with his New Year's Eve performance on TRT television channel, [ [http://bp0.blogger.com/_KAIafX95tsM/R3vvaZ9mCXI/AAAAAAAAA5w/qa_0WpLlF2Y/s1600-h/rating.jpgTelevision ratings by Medyatava] ] generating a total of 1 million YTLincome for the television from sponsors. [ [http://www.medyatava.net/haber.asp?id=42033 Medyatava, Hürriyet reports] ]
The album was released in Germany on
1 February 2008, by Urban. [ [http://img246.imageshack.us/img246/536/urbanreleasetl2.jpgUniversal Music newsletter] ]
TrekStor's i.Beat Emo Tarkan Edition
In conjunction with the release of "Metamorfoz", Tarkan became the first Turksh artist to have a
mp3 playernamed after him. German manufacturer of storage products and audio devices TrekStorjoined up with Tarkan for their mp3 playerseries i.Beat. Packed with special features, the digital player was titled the i.Beat Emo Tarkan edition. [ [http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2008/03/tarkan-ahead-of-game.html Tarkan Ahead of the Game, Tarkan Deluxe] ]
Tarkan announced at the beginning of 2007 that he is planning to re-release his "Come Closer" album for the USA market. The information was confirmed by Pete "Boxta" Martin, who did the remix of the album, adding that there will be two new songs featured on the US version. [ [http://web.mac.com/boxsta1/Boxsta/News.html Pete Boxta Martin blog - News] ]
He also expressed admiration for the charitable works of such celebrities as
Angelina Jolieand Bonofrom U2, and revealed his own concerns over climate changeand the urgency for a global focus on the issue.
Tarkan is about to return to
Englandafter 8 years to give a concert in the Wembley Arena, London, on 13th April, 2008. The special guest for the concert will be the popular rock band, maNga. [ [http://www.absoluteeventslondon.com/index.html Tarkan - maNga, London] ]
Tarkan is undoubtedly one of the most popular singers in
Turkey. In addition to his record-breaking album sales, he is known for staging concerts that draw tens of thousands of people. [ [http://blog.milliyet.com.tr/Blog.aspx?BlogNo=49005 Tarkan's concert in the Inönü Stadium] – Milliyet] In 2004, at the "Karadeniz Ereğli Love, Peace and Friendship Festival" approximately 700,000 people watched his concert, while in 2006 authorities reported almost the same numbers. "I've never seen such a sight before. I'll never forget this picture as long as I live," he said after the 2004 fesitival. [ [http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2004/07/black-sea-sees-tarkan-storm.html Black Sea Sees Tarkan Storm] - Tarkan DeLuxe] In 2006 he also performed in Eastern Thrace, in front of an audience of 50,000. [ [http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2006/08/tarkan-rocks-turkish-thrace.html Tarkan Rocks Turkish Thrace] ]
His popularity has been courted by several companies; he became the face first for
Pepsi, then for two Turkish telephone companies, Turkcelland Avea. [ [http://tarkan.avea.com.tr/ Tarkan's section at the Avea website] ] His 2003 tour was sponsored by Opetand he shot three television advertisements for them.
His popularity can be measured by the fact that he became the first Turkish singer to require personal security guards. His bodyguard is Levent Ağaoğlu, the founder of Legend Security. [ [http://www.legendsecurity.com/ Legend Security] ] Ağaoğlu's company is also responsible for the security of Tarkan's house in Istanbul, and the office of his production company HITT. His bodyguards escort him during his personal travels as well. [ [http://arsiv.sabah.com.tr/2006/12/17/gny/gny136-20061217-200.html Tarkan'a gölge oldu (He became Tarkan's shadow)] – Sabah]
In recent years, Tarkan has gained international recognition beyond his parents' native
Turkey. He is popular in Eastern European countries like Romaniaand Bulgaria, and in Russia, where he has performed extensively. [cite web|url=http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2006/06/eastern-addictions.html|title=Eastern Addictions|work=Tarkan DeLuxe|accessmonthday=June 29 |accessyear=2006] In 2006 He gave his first Middle Eastern concert in Dubaiin front of 9,000 people. [cite web|url=http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2006/10/tarkan-in-dubai-dream.html|title=Tarkan In Dubai Dream|work=Tarkan DeLuxe|accessmonthday=October 26 |accessyear=2006] [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkUFSi3PGAM Tarkan Dubai interview] - NTV] He is also known in Israel, Greece, the UKand the USA, mainly among the Turkish diaspora. His song "Şımarık" has been sampled by various artists in these countries. The lucrative film industry in Indiahas also poached several Tarkan hits, including "Şıkıdım", "Kuzu Kuzu" and "Dudu", for various Bollywoodfilms. [cite web|url=http://movietonic.com/2007/04/02/part-1-pritam-is-a-copy-cat/|title=Pritam is a copy-cat Part 1|work=Movie Tonic|accessmonthday=April 2 |accessyear=2007] [cite web|url=http://movietonic.com/2007/04/10/part-2-pritam-is-a-copy-cat/|title=Pritam is a copy-cat Part 2|work=Movie Tonic|accessmonthday=April 2 |accessyear=2007] His Kış Güneşi song has been chosen as one of "The Unforgettable Hits of Turkish Music" by Hürriyetnewspaper. [ [http://fotoanaliz.hurriyet.com.tr/galeridetay.aspx?cid=5837&p=31&rid=4369 Türk müzigin unutulmayan sarkilari] – Hürriyet]
The dark side of Tarkan's popularity comes with the media, particularly with the
paparazzi. On 29 December 2007, Tarkan gave an interview to "Taraf", explaining how the Turkish paparazzi terrorised him when he was leaving the studio of TRT, the national television channel, where he was recording his New Year's Eve concert. Upon leaving the building a group of 10-15 paparazzi, angered by Tarkan's refusal of answering their questions, started to smack and kick his car, shouting offensive words, and blocked his way with their vehicles. When finally the singer's car managed to take road, they followed him to his home, where already other media personnel were waiting for him to arrive. The mass of paparazzi blocked the entrance to his house, and thus the singer was forced to flee to a hotel and spend the night there. He gave the interview to "Taraf" in the hotel and published the newspaper article on his official website, aiming to direct attention to the dangerous behaviour of the Turkish yellow press. [ [http://bp0.blogger.com/_KAIafX95tsM/R3f89Z9mCKI/AAAAAAAAA4I/8LhYr2v2I-c/s1600-h/taraf.jpgMagazin Terörü Tarkan'i Kendi Evinden Kacirdi ("Due to Media Terror Tarkan Had to Leave His Own Home")] - Taraf] Tarkan has had similar dangerous clashes with the paparazzi before: in May 2007 he was forced into a street pursuit on the road to Mount Olympos near Antalya. That time his angry comments about journalists' behaviour were printed in almost all newspapers. [ [http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2007/05/tarkan-news-round-up.html Tarkan News Round-up] ]
Tarkan does not like to talk about his private life, which has partly fueled the "is he-is he not gay" discussion, and the subject of his relationships often fills the front pages of Turkish newspapers and magazines. In 2001, when Tarkan was moving houses in
New York, a worker stole what the domestic media tried to portray as compromising photos which suggested his homosexuality, but were simply photos with other men in swimwear in public places. [ [http://www.aksam.com.tr/arsiv/aksam/2001/06/10/yasam/yasam1.html Tarkan'ın belalısı gözaltına alındı ("Tarkan trouble-maker under arrest")] ]
In a special interview to "
Hürriyet", Tarkan finally declared that he was heterosexual. [http://tarkantr.blogspot.com/2005/05/gentle-as-lamb.html] Arman, Ayşe. Gentle as a Lamb - Hürriyet, translation by Ali Yıldırım] Tarkan subsequently gave fewer and fewer interviews and television appearances, limiting himself to a small number of trusted journalists. In 2006, he claimed that his relationship with the media had gone wrong:
"There's a trust crisis between me and the media. I'm fed up with being forced into arguments, that all my words are twisted around. I don't want to do it any more. It's no fun any longer. They are aiming right for my head ... When I go to America, I'm so jealous of their talk shows. There are no such things in Turkey. Who shall I talk to in Turkey, in which talk show? They will definitely show what I am not. And in the end, it will all come down to the same question: "Are you gay?" [ [http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/yazarlar/5419770.asp Arman, Ayşe. Bu ülke beni ille de gay yapacak ("This country will make me gay, no matter what")] - Hürriyet]
He has been together with female lawyer Bilge Öztürk for 7 years; the couple currently have no plans to marry. [ [http://hurarsiv.hurriyet.com.tr/goster/haber.aspx?id=6671541 Bilge sonunda konuştu ("Bilge finally talks")] - Hürriyet] The artist has been quoted in the media several times as regarding the institution of marriage to be outdated, stating he would only get married if he had children for their benefit. [ [http://www.milliyet.com.tr/2006/07/26/son/sonyas14.asp Gay değilim, evliliğe inanmam ("I'm not gay, I don't believe in marriage")] - Milliyet] Tarkan owns a ranch-like property in
Polonezköy, Istanbul, where he cultivates fruit trees and keeps animals. [ [http://www.aksam.com.tr/haber.asp?a=44850,8&tarih=28.06.2006 Özcan, Tarkan ile komşu oldu ("Özcan and Tarkan became neighbours")] – Akşam Gazetesi] Tarkan also owns a flat in New York, worth approximately 5 million dollars, according to the Turkish press. [ [http://www.aksam.com.tr/haber.asp?a=52742,8&tarih=12.09.2006 Tarkan'ın ABD'deki evinin değeri 5 milyon dolar oldu! ("Tarkan's flat in the US is worth 5 million dollars!") – Akşam Gazetesi] ]
List of awards Tarkan has won during his career: [Note: The awards section is incomplete due to the inconsistency of Turkish websites. Tarkan has won many more awards but not every of them can be found on the world wide web.]
World Music Awards( Monaco)
** Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist: [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6QdR-YKc0s Video of Tarkan receiving the WMA and performing "Şımarık"] ] Tarkan
* 1999, Record Fair MIDEM (
** Best Selling Pop Single: [ [http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2006/01/golden-gift.html A Golden Gift (Tarkan Deluxe)] ] "
* 2004, The Pud Award (Russia)
** "Song of the Year": "
* 1998 Kral TV Awards
** "Yılın Şarkısı (Song of the Year)": [ [http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2007/05/tarkan-promos.html Tarkan Promos (Tarkan Deluxe)] ] "
* 2001 MGD Altin Objektif Ödülleri [ [http://www.geyikmerkezi.com/tarkanin-gercek-rakibi-unlu-sovmen-tarkanin-ensesinde-dolasan-cem-yilmaz-simdi-de-opetle-anlasti-magazin_manken_resimleri_haberi_oku2947.html Tarkan'in gerçek rakibi (Tarkan's true rival)] ]
** "Yılın En İyi Pop Müzik Sanatçısı (Best pop singer of the year)"
* 2001 Kral TV Awards
** "Yılın Erkek Pop Sanatçısı (Male Pop Singer of the Year)" [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Y4cP8KXZVk Kral TV Awards: Best singer] - video]
** "Yılın Şarkısı (Song of the Year)": [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxNKbCJboUA Kral TV Awards: Best song] - video] "
** "Yılın Videosu (Video of the Year)": "
* 2002 MGD Altin Objektif Ödülleri [ [http://www.habervitrini.com/haber.asp?id=24806 MGD Ödülleri Sahiplerini Buldu] ]
** "En İyi Erkek Yorumcu (Best male singer)"
** "Yılın Albümü (Album of the year)": "Karma"
* 2003 Kral TV Müzik Ödülleri [ [http://www.beepworld.de/members23/chogan/kraltv2003.htm Kral TV Müzik ödülleri 2003] ]
** "En iyi pop erkek (Best male pop singer)"
Yine Sensiz" (1993)
* "Aacayipsin" (1994)
Ölürüm Sana" (1997)
* "Tarkan" (International debut) (1999)
* "Karma" (2001)
* "Dudu" (2003)
* "Come Closer" (First English album) (2006)
Metamorfoz Remixes" (2008)
Şımarık" (International) (1999)
Şıkıdım" (International) (1999)
Bu Gece" (International) (1999)
Kuzu Kuzu" (Domestic) (2001)
Hüp" (Domestic) (2001)
* "Bounce" (Domestic/International) (2005/06)
* "Start the Fire" (Domestic/International) (2006)
Turkish pop music
*cite web|url=http://tarkandocumentary.blogspot.com|title=Making Moves, A Tarkan Documentary|work=Tarkan DeLuxe & MKP © 2005|accessmonthday=May 31 |accessyear=2005
*cite web|url=http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/Music/9908/09/tarkan.wb/index.html|title=Tarkan finds his moves take him across borders|work=
CNNWorldbeat|accessmonthday=August 9 |accessyear=1999
*cite web|url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A41014-2001Nov16¬Found=true|title=Pop Music's Young Turk|work=
Washington Post|accessmonthday=November 18 |accessyear=2001
*cite web|url=http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2004/07/passion-of-tarkan.html|title=The Passion of Tarkan|work=Yildirim, Ali © Tarkan DeLuxe 2004|accessmonthday=July 6 |accessyear=2004
*cite web|url=http://www.hillsdalesites.org/collegian/128/128_9/arts/musicreview.htm|title=Turk Prince of Pop|work=Chacko, Jessica © Hillsdale Collegian|accessdate=November 11|accessyear=2004
*cite web|url=http://www.qantara.de/webcom/show_article.php/_c-587/_nr-12/_p-1/i.html|title=Completely Detached|work=Lehmann, Lennert © Qantara.de 2005 (Translation from German: John Bergeron)|accessmonthday=April 21 |accessyear=2005
*cite web|url=http://tarkandeluxe.blogspot.com/2005/05/tarkans-long-hello.html|title=Tarkan's Long Hello|work=Yildirim, Ali © Tarkan DeLuxe 2005|accessmonthday=May 31 |accessyear=2005
*cite web|url=http://www.tarkan.tripod.com/doc.html|title=Making Moves, A Tarkan Documentary|work=Tarkan DeLuxe & MKP © 2005|accessmonthday=May 31 |accessyear=2005
*cite web|url=http://arlington.imdb.com/name/nm0850463/|title=Tarkan Filmography|work=IMDb|accessdate=June 21|accessyear=2006
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:3bfexqtjld6e Tarkan] at
* [http://www.tarkan.com Tarkan Official Website]
* [http://www.hitt.web.tr HITT Music & Production]
* [http://www.universal-music.de Universal Music Germany]
* [http://www.urban.de Urban Records]
* [http://www.istanbulplak.com.tr Istanbul Records]
* [http://www.tarkanfanclub.net Tarkan Fan Club]
NAME= Tevetoğlu, Tarkan
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Tarkan
DATE OF BIRTH=
October 17, 1972
PLACE OF BIRTH=
Alzey, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
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