At A Glance Tarkan is a world-reknown Turkish pop singer with several platinim-selling albums. His album sales reach an estimated 15 millions. Tarkan has enjoyed and continues to enjoy considerable international attention and praise.
Biography Tarkan (whose name means strong and very bold person) was born October 17, 1972 in Alzey, Germany, where he lived until the age of 15, when his family decided to move back to Turkey. There he started his classical music studies at the conservatories of Karamürsel and Istanbul. At 16 he was already performing in bars and clubs. In 1993, Tarkan meets the person that became his producer: Mehmet Sögütoglu, the owner of "Istanbul Records", one of the most important record companies in Turkey.
A STAR IS BORN
In less than a year, Tarkan became the most important star in turkish pop scene, thanks to his albums, "Yine Sensiz" (selling over 700,000 copies) and "Aacayipsin" (selling over 2 million copies). At the end of 1994, he moved to New York, where he studied English, and began to give an international dimension to his career.
TARKAN TAKES OVER EUROPE
His third album "Ölürüm Sana" was released in Turkey and in european countries like Germany, France, Belgium and England; he toured, filling important european venues. In March 1997 he toured with Sezen Aksu, turkish "queen of pop", with whom he has writen some songs (like "Simarik", first single of his latest album "Tarkan"). That same year, Tarkan was honored with the award to the "Most succesful artist of the year" by the turkish association of journalists, an award equivalent to the Grammy.
When the single "Simarik" became an instant hit in Europe, Universal Music France decided to release an album for the european market, compiling the best songs of Tarkan's second and third albums. The result is the album "Tarkan".
During the spring and summer of 1999, Tarkan toured in Germany, France, England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Austria, Portugal, Ukraine, Morocco, Tunisia, Russia and Australia. In May of that same year he received the award to the "Best selling turkish artist" in the World Music Awards, which got him worldwide attention, including Latin America.
HERE COMES TARKANMANIA
His last album unleashed a Tarkanmania in Latin America, especially in Mexico, where Universal Music requested a promotional tour to the region at the end of 1999. However, this visit had to be postponed until the second week of March 2000, because Tarkan should do his military service in Turkey. Military service lasts about 18 months, but a new law came into effect, which allows turkish men living abroad to pay a fee in order to reduce it to one month. For that reason, he could finish his military service in February 2000.
His visit to Mexico in March 2000 was incredible for Tarkan, for he couldn´t possibly ever imagine he had thousands of fans in a country so far away and different from his. He appeared on TV shows, radio, and gave some interviews, promising to return later this year to perform at a concert in Mexico City.
This success was enforced by the next album, "Olurum Sana", with the "Simarik" single, written by Tarkan and Sezen Aksu, the Turkish female pop-star. But at this time Tarkan was so popular that his life turned out to be a nightmare. Fotographers followed him everywhere, his private life suddenly became everybody's concern. He was criticized a lot for hiring a bodyguard, his performance seemed a challenge to concervative people; his unwillingness to answer the curious questions was thought to be avowal of guilt...
The "Aacayipsin" album was another master work, with the main single "Sikidim"by Sezen Aksu. Shortly after it was released, Tarkan left Turkey for USA. He was happy to be lost in New York, with nobody knowing him, and began his college studies. At the same time, with the help of producer Ahmet Ertegun, he was preparing to the next step, to a world tour. It was of a tremendous success. Tarkan made sing in Turkish such different countries as Russia, Germany, France, Belgium, Denmark, Japan, Australia... The "Tarkan" album, composed from his previous ones, was to become platinum and led him to a milestown - to being awarded at"World Music Awards" in Monaco.
Tarkan's decision to start his military service was considered the end of his career. But he returned - and conquered Latin America! The biggest surprise was his song getting on the first place in the charts of Puerto Rico, Ricky Martin's native country.
In summer 2001 Tarkan decided to try new roles. First assignment took him to Paris, where he participated in haute couture pageant. Then he signed with Pepsi, joining a big group of american pop-stars.
In August 2001, Karma was released. It includes 12 stunning songs - in Turkish. He released since then two albums in English
In the summer of 2003, he released Dudu, which became 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 from Russia.[15] Due to his successful creative partnership with Aksu ending over the ownership of "Şımarık", both in Karma and Dudu he worked with singer-songwriter Nazan Öncel, whose own Yan Yana Fotoğraf Çektirelim album was published under the HITT Productions label.
After becoming the face of Pepsi in Turkey, Tarkan was the official mascot of the Turkish national football team for the 2002 World Cup. He recorded the football song "Bir Oluruz Yolunda" ("United For You"), which became an anthem for the fans.[5] As a New Year's gift for admirers, he released his own perfume range entitled "Tarkan" at the start of 2004.
In October 2005, Tarkan released his long awaited English language debut single "Bounce" in Turkey. His debut English language album Come Closer was released in parts of Europe on April 7, 2006, under a Universal Music label. "Bounce" was released in Germany a few days after the release of Come Closer. The German version of the single included an oriental remix as well as a hip-hop remix featuring Spanish rapper Adassa. A second single "Start the Fire" was released in August, which included a remix by Turkish DJ Mousse T. A music video was also released prior to the single's release to the Mousse T. version of the song.