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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tarkan Covers the Charts

Released for just over a month, Tarkan's cover track of classic song "Firuze" is still enjoying strong sales, and wide airplay across the Turkish charts.

The pop icon's interpretation of an old favourite continues to ride high at Turkey's largest digital music provider, TTNET Müzik, with "Firuze" as its most downloaded track. It is also the most listened to track, with currently just under 1.5 million plays. Across all digital platforms, Tarkan is placed in third place overall with national sales of the song.

The profile of the tribute album the track hails from has been raised considerably due to Tarkan's version of the eighties classic being so popular with listeners. The album is top of the sales charts in most main music stores, selling 100,000 copies alone in its 3rd week of release.

To have the slow cover achieve commercial success, when normally throughout the summer months dance-pop songs dominate the airwaves, can be attributed to the music artist's unwavering popularity in the Turkish music market. In the top ten of airplay lists of major radio stations with national coverage and the largest audience share, it is at number 6 at Kral Pop, second place at Kral FM, and fixed firmly at the top position of Powerturk's Pop 40 chart.

Meanwhile, views of the track on Tarkan's official YouTube channel have surpassed an accumulative 5.2 million hits. In a first for Tarkan, the singer's first official upload of the YouTube video for "Firuze" was accidentally removed from his official channel on 10 July during a sweep of unofficial uploads of the track - after the video had reached the 2 million mark.

Tarkan uploaded the video again two days later, while the original video link was restored a week after that. As a result, the singer has two uploads of the same track splitting the total of replays amassed.

As of writing, the pop entertainer has over 97,000 subscribers to his official channel. Fans can subscribe to make sure they are the first to get the lowdown on the Turkish pop star's future releases.

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