His full name is Tarkan Tevetoglu, he was born in Germany in 1972 in Alzey village as a fifth son of a family of 6 children. His passion for music started when he was 3 years old and it was just the beginning . When he was 14 he came back to Turkey and started taking Turkish classical music lessons along with this lessons he met so many reputable composers that lead him through his career to this days.
At the end of the high school years he decided to go back to Germany and at this moment he met Mehmet Sogutoglu as a consequence that changed his destiny. He released his first album in 1993, along with this he managed to sell 700.000 albums. In 1995 with his second album “Acayipsin” he gave concerts all over Turkey and Europe, this album sold 3,5 million. He became singer around the world and gave concerts in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Colombia etc. and win golden record awards all over the world.
As known as the Turkish prince of pop , the singer conquered the hearths of millions with his famous song “??mar?k “ (kiss kiss). Tarkan is one of a few singers which have managed to be successful all over the world without singing in English. One of few European singers who has managed to span chart success over three continents without singing in English, he is also noted for his live stage performances. Tarkan’s effect on Turkey has been compared by the Washington Post to that of Elvis Presley in the US around 1957 and Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegün described him as one of the best live performers he had ever seen
When he was the most popular singer in Russia, his albums were sold in middle and south America more than Shakira’s and Enrique Iglesias’s albums. At the same time he was competing with Ricky Martin. He took a break from music world in 2005 and made a come back in 2007 with his new album “ metamorfoz”. He married P?nar Dilek on April 2016. His latest album (Yolla) released on June 21th this year, and everybody loved it .
Controversy always followed Tarkan thoughout his career. He always complains about the downsides of Turkey and says Turkey should be more secular . His thoughts were always controversial and made so many people discuss about Turkey’s latest status in the diplomatic area. Tarkan was in a relationship with a French model in the early 1990s, and with a Turkish journalist between 1994 and 1996. Because Tarkan does not like to talk about his personal life, there has been speculation about his sexual orientation in the popular press. Photos stolen from his house in New York in 2001 were portrayed as compromising; they were photos with other men in swimwear at a public nude beach. In one of the pictures he appears to be kissing a man. Never the less he has incredible talent in the music business.