New Tarkan Album in 2014?
Posted yesterday by Murat Yılmaz, it leaks rumours that the release of Tarkan's latest album has been pushed further back to next year, and that with expectations for a 2013 summer release, his fans will be (natch) disappointed.
Without citing his source, Yılmaz explains the reason for the postponement is because Tarkan does not feel ready to release the hotly anticipated album this summer.
The singer has been writing songs, and going into the studio with his long-term producer Ozan Çolakoğlu to record them, but does not have sufficient songs he is happy with to produce a studio album.
Rumours are colliding over the Internet that Tarkan will release a new album in the spring or summer of next year, while outside of an album release, the pop entertainer might "surprise" his fans with a single slated for an autumn release this year.
The postponement rumour is being circulated alongside a separately distrubuted press release that sees Tarkan's long-term producer team up with the Turkish artist's nineties pop "rival".
On 29 July 2013, it will be exactly three years to the date that Tarkan released his award-winning album Adımı Kalbine Yaz (Write My Name Across Your Heart).
Other Song Releases
During his musical hiatus, the popular artist has been writing songs and performing on other albums, most notably for his musical buddies. He featured on singer-songwriter Ümit Sayin's 2011 release of past productions, where they duetted on the track "Gitme" (Don't Go), Sayin's song from Tarkan's second studio album released in 1994, A-acayipsin.
Tarkan also featured on his long-term producer Çolakoğlu's 2012 début dance album 01, with his track "Aşk Gitti Bizden" (Love Left Us). Last summer also saw Tarkan contribute to Colakoglu's pet project with a song sung by ageless diva Ajda Pekkan.
Beside supporting one-time girlfriends, ex-backing singers and nascent newcomers, Tarkan has a penchant for writing songs for established female artists. He penned Pekkan's summer hit in 2011, while in the past has written songs for Sibel Can, Bülent Ersoy, and there are reports that he has given a song to Emel Sayın, slated to be released soon. He had briefly shared a stage with Sayın in 2005.
Tarkan has also tried his hand at covering classics for tribute albums. The year 2008 saw him sing a rendition of the nineties Sezen Aksu-Fahir Atakoğlu classical hit "Alaturka", for an album that marked Atakoğlu's 25th year in music, while Çolakoğlu's album included the pop singer's first foray into classic Turkish pop hit covers, with an updated version of Aksu's break-through 90s dance song, "Hadi Bakalım" (Here We Go).
The classic pop hit covers continued for the late female lyricist Aysel Gürel's tribute album released this year with "Firuze". It marked the second time Tarkan had used next generation singer-musician (and protégé of pop diva Aksu) Mustafa Ceceli's production talents. Ceceli had produced the Tarkan track "Herşeye Rağmen" (Despite It All) for ENBE Orchestra's 2010 album, Kalbim (My Heart).
An additional tribute album in 2012 saw him pair up with Çolakoğlu for a song written by leading male singer-songwriter Orhan Gencebay, whom he had worked with before outside of his usual pop genre for the green-themed single "Uyan".
The pop icon has been known to crossover to other Turkish musical genres. He worked with arabesque singer Kibariye in 2006, while in 2012 popular songstress Ebru Gündeş covered his song "İkimizin Yerine" (Ölürüm Sana, 1997) in her album of classical pop covers.
Lately he collaborated on a film soundtrack to cover a piece by folk laureate Âşık Veysel Şatıroğlu, whose work he had sampled before for his 2003 EP Dudu, while in 2012 Tarkan appeared in the video to new rock band act RockA's cover version of his track "Ölürüm Sana".
Tarkan at 2013 Koç Springfest
Apart from a 30 June appearance at this year's 20th International Love, Peace and Friendship Festival, all other summer stage events were cancelled this year however, as a result of the Gezi Park protests. But the artist looks set to resume his concert schedule in the autumn.
The singer's 7 June concert in the Turkish capital city of Ankara, at Kentpark, has been moved to 28 September. Tickets to the 3.5 hour concert are all sold out save standing room only. Spaces are subject to availability and are on sale at Biletix.
Yılmaz's Muzikoloji.co post also touches on a cancelled benefit concert the singer had been due to give on 5 June, to raise funds for a nature school being built in Izmir in conjunction with nature association Doğa.
Although no official sites have given any details over new dates for the concert, the article asserts that the concert will now take place in September, to make allowances for the current month of fasting and the hot weather.
UPDATE: Harbiye concert tickets go on sale >>
The concert will be moved from its original venue in Izmir to a date and location in Istanbul yet to be decided. It is expected that the venue will be the open air arena at the Harbiye.
Granted the venue seems small for a charity gig, Tarkan has made history at the open air theatre in the past seven years, with consecutive marathons of sell-out shows to record audiences.