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Tarkan Biography
Part 2

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A Pop Music Star's Roots

An original biography by Jim and Perihan Masters

Born Tarkan Tevetoğlu to Turkish emigrant parents in 1972, Tarkan grew up in Germany. In 1986, he returned 'home' to Turkey to study music -- and by the time he was 16 he was a regular (albeit illegal) pop music performer in Istanbul bars and clubs.

In 1993, he met Mehmet Sögütoğlu (owner of Istanbul Plak, a prominent Turkish pop music record company) who made him a pop star. His debut pop music album Yine sensiz ('Without you again') sold 700,000 copies. His second music-album Acayipsin ('You're sensational!') sold more than 2,000,000 copies in Turkey and 700,000 copies in Europe -- a first-time-ever feat for a Turkish pop music performer.

After his 'urinary' gaffe in 1994, Tarkan spent time in the USA where he met Ahmet Ertegün (the Turkish owner of Atlantic Records). Ertegün has been quietly grooming Tarkan for an American pop music career, ever since.

In 1997, after a 3-year break, Tarkan released his third Turkish-language music album -- and on the tour that followed, he filled the Hippodrome in London, the Bataclan in Paris, and the Arena in Berlin. When the music album single was released, it reached No. 3 in France -- and No.1 in Belgium and Germany.

Following Tarkan's latest Turkish-language CD album in the spring of 2000 -- there was supposed to be an English-language release too, but it's been delayed. Fans of Turkish pop music are drooling in anticipation.


Update -- 28 March 2006
The wait finally is over!

Tarkan's first all-English-language
Pop Music album...

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A version of the above article by Jim and Perihan Masters first appeared
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