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Tarkan Tevetoğlu
In Vienna with Hungarian fans; 23 June 2006
In Vienna with Hungarian fans; 23 June 2006
Background information
Birth nameTarkan Tevetoğlu
Also known asTarkan
BornOctober 17, 1972 (1972-10-17) (age 35)
Genre(s)Folk pop, adult contemporary, pop rock, dance-pop
record producer
Years active1991 - Present
Label(s)HITT Production, Urban, Universal, İstanbul Plak
mega star tarkan image 01

Tarkan Tevetoğlu (born October 17, 1972), popularly known as Tarkan, is a World Music award winning German-born Turkish pop singer. Tarkan has been known for the use of sexual and romantic themes in his work and has been nicknamed the "Prince Of Pop" by the media.[1] He has released several platinum-selling albums during his career, with an estimated 15 million albums sold.[2] He also produces music through his company HITT Music, which he established in 1997. One of a few European singers that has managed to span chart success over three continents without singing in English, the artist is also noted for his live stage performances. Tarkan's effect on Turkey has been compared by the Washington Post as analogous to Elvis in America circa 1957 and Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegün described him as one of the best live performers he had ever seen.[3] He has also been listed by Rhapsody as a key artist in the history of European pop music, with his signature song "Şımarık" as a keystone track that moved the genre forward.[4]


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 Beginnings
    • 2.2 Şıkıdım era (1994-1996)
    • 2.3 Universal kisses (1997-2000)
      • 2.3.1 Military service
    • 2.4 Karma (2001-2003)
    • 2.5 Dudu (2003-2004)
    • 2.6 Coming closer to Europe (2005-2006)
      • 2.6.1 The PETA Controversy
    • 2.7 Metamorphosis (2007-2008)
      • 2.7.1 TrekStor's i.Beat Emo Tarkan Edition
    • 2.8 Current projects
  • 3 Popularity
    • 3.1 Paparazzi terror
  • 4 Private life
  • 5 Awards
  • 6 Discography
    • 6.1 Albums
    • 6.2 Singles
  • 7 See also
  • 8 Further reading
  • 9 References
  • 10 Notes
  • 11 External links

[edit] Early life

Tarkan was born in Alzey, Germany, to Ali and Neşe Tevetoğlu, and was named after a popular 1960s Turkish comic book character.[5] The name is said to originate from an ancient Turkic king or title,[6] meaning bold and strong.[7]

His parents were part of the generation of Turkish immigrants that came to West Germany during that country's economic boom. Tarkan has three older half-siblings named Adnan, Gülay and Nuray from his mother's first marriage, and a brother, Hakan, and younger sister, Handan from her marriage to his father.[8] Although Tarkan was raised in Alzey until the age of 13, his father Ali suddenly decided to move the family back to Turkey in 1986. His father died of a heart attack in 1995 at the age of 49, and was buried in his home village of Rüzgarlı Köy,[9] in the Turkish Black Sea region of Rize. His mother later married an architect, Seyhun Kahraman.[10] Tarkan keeps close ties with his family in Turkey and Germany. He still understands the language though speaks little, since he has been living in Turkey for 20 years.[11]

[edit] Career

Tarkan in Skopje, 2007
Tarkan in Skopje, 2007

Tarkan has charted in Russia, Europe and in the Americas with his definitive song "Şımarık" (Spoilt/Kiss Kiss/Chanson Du Bisou/Besos). As a result of its widespread success and immediately recognizable sound of Tarkan kissing on the track, "Şımarık" was reincarnated into English as "Kiss Kiss" by Stella Soleil and later Holly Valance (which notched her a UK number one hit), after the composer Sezen Aksu sold the music rights. It has been covered by various artists across the world in various languages. Another successful Aksu collaboration was the hit single "Şıkıdım" (Shake).[12] His entry into the European musical consciousness kick-started a Turkish pop boom in Germany and Turkey in the 1990s, with his European successes on the verge of the new millennium signalling that the musical borders between Turkey and Europe, more specifically Germany, were dissolving.[13] Because of his success his name was to be taken for granted domestically, if not become a hallmark, in pop music and become the prime example of Turkish pop obtaining an audience outside Turkey to help further the sound development of popular music in Europe.[13] Over the years his works have maintained their popularity, with Tarkan's 2007 studio album Metamorfoz selling over a quarter of a million copies in the first two weeks of its release on 25 December 2007.[14]

[edit] Beginnings

When the Tevetoğlu family relocated to Turkey, Tarkan began to study music in Karamürsel at high school, before being accepted at the Üsküdar Musiki Cemiyeti Academy in Istanbul.[15] After his family moved to İstanbul in 1988, he began to prepare for University entrance exams in 1990, but had a difficult time in İstanbul with little money, and worked in low-paying jobs including a stint as a wedding singer.[9] Music legend has it just as he was preparing to return to Germany, he met Mehmet Söğütoğlu, chairman of the record company İstanbul Plak. Produced by Söğütoğlu, his debut album Yine Sensiz (Without You Again) sold 750 thousand copies after its release in December 1992.[12] For the album he had teamed up with then little known songwriter-composer Ozan Çolakoğlu, who later co-produced his albums. Tarkan's debut provoked mingled feelings among the Turks, but it seemed that young people in Turkish cities who were satisfying their hunger with new sounds from Westerns acts such as Michael Jackson and U2 were looking for their own home grown idol. Considered rebellious for his lyrics, his dressing style and his earrings by traditionalists made him even more attractive to the young. Although his debut album was not extraordinary when compared to other pop albums of the period, what distinguished Tarkan from the earliest days of his musical career was his unique style and image.[16]

It happened maybe for the first time in the world of [Turkish] music, that "slang" words were used in songs and the brave young man began to draw attention as much with his songs as with his green eyes.[8]


[edit] Şıkıdım era (1994-1996)

The success of Tarkan in the early 90s was seen by some as a sign of growing admiration for Western music, and the artist's real success came two years later. Collaborating with Turkey's "little sparrow", prominent producer and songwriter Sezen Aksu,[17] Tarkan's highly anticipated second album Aacayipsin (Oh - You're Something Else) sold more than two million copies in Turkey and 750 thousand copies in Europe.[12] Such high European sales were a first-time feat for a Turkish performer. Aksu wrote two songs for the album, the radio friendly "Hepsi Senin Mi?", which was later relicensed as "Şıkıdım" (Shake) for the European market, and a pop-rock number "Şeytan Azapta". "Hepsi Senin Mi?" incorporated shaky Turkish rhythms and lyrics of pure slang, and in the video to the song Tarkan slanted his body to the rhythmic melody of the song while displaying a naked chest. This was considered to be bold and daring in the newly opening but still conservative Turkish music industry.[9] Building on his taboo-breaking and rebellious image, the video to "Şeytan Azapta" incorporated scenes from the tour that followed, where dancers would strip Tarkan naked on stage. This erotic persona was enhanced by the artist posing naked and semi-naked for the most popular Turkish magazines of the period,[18] including becoming the first male to make the front cover of the domestic division of the Cosmopolitan (Cosmo).[9]

In 1994 he experienced a dip in the new found celebrity status the album had generated, when he made a live broadcast gaffe on private Turkish TV channel ATV's anniversary celebration during an interview. His response when asked how he was, captured live on camera, was "Çişim var, ağabey." ("I've gotta pee, man.") He was publicly criticised for the comment and only after performing traditional songs on another TV special did he endear himself again to the nation.[3]

In part to remove himself from media scrutiny, Tarkan moved to New York in 1994 to complete his education at Baruch College and learn English in the U.S.[19] During this period he filmed a video to another song from his second album, "Dön Bebeğim", in New York. Again Tarkan stripped for this project, but this time he wasn't alone. Sharing a bed with a female American model for the slow love song, the opening scenes of the video show the two naked and simulating the aftermath of a love scene. Unused sex scenes from the video are still aired on celebrity entertainment programmes from time to time in Turkey.[20] While in America, he met the Turkish founder of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegün, who had seen him perform in İstanbul at the celebrations of the TV station during which he had made his speech gaffe.[9] Tarkan has described Ertegün as his mentor in music and business.[21] Ertegün, who passed away in December 2006, had long been preparing Tarkan for an American career,[3] but Tarkan re-started his English debut album several times.[22]

[edit] Universal kisses (1997-2000)

In July 1997, the hit song "Şımarık" kick started promotions in Turkey for his third studio album Ölürüm Sana (I'd Die For You). This album took a total of three years to complete. Tarkan collaborated once more with Aksu and music engineer Çolakoğlu for the album, which would go on to become his highest grossing album and win the artist his first music industry award for his song "Şımarık". In Turkey alone, Ölürüm Sana sold 4.5 million copies. However, it was only an indication of things to come.[12]

Signed by the French branch of recording label PolyGram (now Universal Music) after the single "Şımarık" was released in Europe in 1999, Tarkan reached number three in places like Switzerland,[23] the Netherlands,[24] France, and Germany; the song also reached number one in Belgium. He was awarded a gold disc at the Cannes Midem Awards. As the first artist of Turkish origin to sell 500,000 albums in France, in an interview for CNN he said: "It feels wild, you know, because in the beginning I never thought it was going to really happen. It's all in Turkish, you know, and nobody understands a word. But I think it's a groove. It's the kisses that are universal."[21]

Following the success of the single, Tarkan released a compilation album for Europe entitled Tarkan. He won a World Music Award in Monaco for its rapid sales. He released two more singles in Europe under the Universal ticket: "Şıkıdım" and "Bu Gece" ("Tonight").[12]

Tarkan travelled throughout Europe and Latin America to promote his music. Appearing in Ukraine, Morocco, Tunisia and Russia, he gave a total of eighteen concerts in seventeen European cities. In Latin America the album provided Tarkan with a strong fan base, especially in Mexico, where Universal Music funded a promotional tour at the end of 1999.[25] However, this visit had to be postponed until the second week of March 2000, because Tarkan was called up for military service, which he had suspended to allow for studies in New York. In 2000, the self-titled album was released in the USA with a Universal Latino ticket. Sales went platinum in Latin America.[26]

This album was also to mark an end in his successful musical partnership with Aksu and temporarily end friendly relations between the two artists. A copyright dispute erupted between Tarkan and Aksu over the track "Şımarık", which ultimately blocked the singer's chance to release an English-language version of the song. The music was initially credited as composed by Aksu, Tarkan and Çolakoğlu, but Tarkan later admitted in a 2006 interview that this had been done without Aksu's consent, who was the true copyright owner.[27] During the dispute, Sezen Aksu released the publishing rights instead to other artists, including Holly Vallance.

[edit] Military service

At the height of his fame in 1999, Tarkan was called up for military service, which had been legally deferred since 1995. The deadline for commencement had ended in 1998, but due to contractual obligations abroad after the success of his compilation album he did not return to Turkey to do his military service. The media discussed whether Tarkan should be viewed as a deserter and stripped of his citizenship; even the Turkish parliament discussed the issue.[28][29] After the August 1999 earthquake shook Turkey, the 28-day military service was passed, which allowed for a very short term of service provided that those covered by the law paid $16,000 for the benefit of the earthquake victims.[3] Tarkan returned to Turkey in 2000 and took advantage of this law, completing his service in twenty-eight days. Before entering the army, he gave a return concert in Istanbul, the benefits Tarkan images , albums , music new download of which were donated to an earthquake victims' fund.[9] Of his time in military training, he said:

It was January and snowing like crazy. It was tough; the food was terrible. Eighteen months of my life for nothing? I thought my own dreams were more important.[3]

—Washington Post

[edit] Karma (2001-2003)

In March 2001, Tarkan joined a global brand and became the first Pepsi spokesperson in Turkey. This preceded the release of his album Karma and for the first time two singles in his domestic market in the same year: "Kuzu Kuzu" ("Like A Lamb") and "Hüp" ("Whoop"). Although Karma was not released worldwide, it was distributed in large shipments to Russia, where he had become the largest-selling non-Russian pop star. A million copies shipped to other areas of Europe, including Denmark.[3] His so-called Karma-era style projected an image totally different from his earlier persona, with regard to both music and looks.[18] His appearance – tight trousers, loose, unbuttoned shirts or tight T-shirts - and his new hairdo set a trend among young Turkish men, who started to copy his looks.[30] According to hairdressers, his Kuzu Kuzu hairstyle is still the most frequently requested style in the salons of Turkey.[31] During this time he met Michael Lang, co-organiser of the Woodstock Festival, who became his international manager. According to Lang,

Tarkan is a great singer and his performance is great. His current success is only the beginning in my opinion. He'll be a star in five year's time and he will not fade away. Know this, he is here to stay. He has an indescribable charisma.[32]

—Michael Lang, Hürriyet

This period was not free of scandals, either. In 2001 researcher Dr. N Aysun Yüksel published a book titled Tarkan – Yıldız Olgusu (Tarkan – Anatomy of a Star), which was withdrawn from bookshelves by a court order after Tarkan's lawyer Süheyl Atay sued the writer. According to the court's decision the book published personal information and copyrighted photos of the artist, and violated his good reputation.[33] Another scandal broke out when the video for the single "Hüp" was released. The Turkish Radio and Television Supreme Council considered banning the video, directed by Ferzan Özpetek, from television broadcast, as some viewers complained that the scene in which Tarkan kisses actress Sinemis Candemir was too "explicit" and "pornographic". The case was reported through Europe by the BBC.[29] There was no ban, and fans had their say by voting it the video of the year in 2001 at Kral music station's video awards.

After becoming the face of Pepsi in Turkey, Tarkan also became 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.[12]

[edit] Dudu (2003-2004)

His EP/hybrid album Dudu (Woman) was the first to be released by his own label HITT Music, in the summer of 2003. It was 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" in Russia.[34] Because his successful creative partnership with Aksu had ended over the ownership of "Şımarık", he worked with singer-songwriter Nazan Öncel on both Karma and Dudu. Öncel's own Yan Yana Fotoğraf Çektirelim album was published under the HITT label. He also released his own perfume line entitled "Tarkan" at the start of 2004.

Although musically a continuation from Karma, image-wise Dudu presented different visuals from the 2001-2003 period. Sexuality became secondary in terms of fashion and concerts were toned down to become intimate affairs.[35] The new image portrayed a more laid back Tarkan sporting shorter hair, and wearing less glamorous designs. It was a declaration that glitz and sex were no longer a necessary tool to sell his works. Indicating his desire to show different sides of his personality, "It's not important how sexy I look or whether I dance sexy," he said of his new look.[36]

[edit] Coming closer to Europe (2005-2006)

Tarkan in Vienna, 2006
TarkanWith fans
Hungarian envoy greet Tarkan

In 2005, Tarkan finally announced that his English language album was ready after over a decade of effort. The plans for Come Closer began in 1995, when media mogul Ahmet Ertegün encouraged Tarkan to break into the international market.[3] Eventually, he managed to break through without the aid of an English language album with "Şımarık", but Tarkan's manager, Ahmet San, entered Tarkan into contractual obligations that would hinder further success in Europe. In the framework of a larger agreement with Ertegün's Atlantic Records, Tarkan had tied his artist's rights to a French publishing company, Jonathan Productions, in which San owned shares. The contract specified that Tarkan could not release his own works without the company's permission. Once "Şımarık" hit the international stage, Tarkan was virtually blocked from releasing anything, as Charles Ibgui, the director of Jonathan Productions, stated in a letter sent to the artist's then domestic label İstanbul Plak: "neither Tarkan nor his producer Mehmet Söğütoğlu can without our permission release any album in any language anywhere in the world".[22] This dissolved the relationship between singer and manager San. Consequently, Tarkan later commented in a newspaper interview that San had "destroyed his American dream" and the English album "had been scrapped".[37] The delay to the initial incarnation of the English album had also been delayed due to disagreements with Ertegün concerning the concept of the defunct album. Ertegün preferred something more American in style, while Tarkan insisted on including many Turkish elements.[22]

In October 2005, Tarkan finally released his debut English language single "Bounce" in Turkey. Come Closer was released in parts of Europe on April 7, 2006, by the Universal Music label. The album features such songwriters as Lester Mendez, who co-wrote Shakira's "Underneath Your Clothes"; Brian Kierulf, who produced songs for Britney Spears;[38] and singer Wyclef Jean, with who Tarkan recorded the song "Aman Aman". "Bounce" was released in Germany a few days after the release of the album. The German version of the single included an oriental remix, as well as a hip-hop version featuring Spanish rapper Adassa. A second single, "Start the Fire", was released in August; it included a remix by Turkish DJ Mousse T. A music video for the Mousse T. version was also produced prior to the single's release.

The album was not a breakthrough success. It was released only in a few European countries and Turkey, and Tarkan appeared on several television shows to promote the album in Germany, Bulgaria, Romania and Russia. The promised world wide tour effectively only included a few Central and Eastern European countries, Azerbaijan, Russia, Austria and Germany.[39] Worldwide release was postponed and domestic sales did not approach the success of his previous albums, with only 110,000 copies sold in Turkey.[40]

This period, like others, was stamped with scandal. A Turkish music pirate, well before the official release, leaked four stolen demo recordings from the debut English album onto the internet.[41] Thousands of copies were downloaded illegally before the album's official release. The leaked songs garnered considerable airplay in dance clubs in Turkey, before Tarkan's management took legal action against DJ's playing them.[42]

[edit] The PETA Controversy

In February 2008, the animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) commenced a drive to persuade Tarkan to swear off fur after being spotted wearing fur on the cover of his 2005 album, Come Closer, which featured a coat with a fur lined collar. PETA encouraged its members to send personal email messages to Tarkan and his management, in the hope the artist would set an example for his many fans by quitting the use of fur.[43] Tarkan is well-known for his humanitarian efforts towards stray animals, and publicly announced he had regretted wearing the fur lined coat and would join an animal rights' movement.[44]

[edit] Metamorphosis (2007-2008)

Tarkan's new Turkish language album was released on 25 December 2007, and was comprised almost solely of his own work. Called Metamorfoz ("metamorphosis" in English), seven of the songs were written by Tarkan, three other songs were collaborations with long-time engineer and producer Çolakoğlu.[45] The album sold over 300,000 copies in the first two weeks of its release.[14] Tarkan also became the most downloaded artist at TTNetMüzik, a digital music provider where his songs were made legally available in a digital format at the start of January 2008. Out of nearly two million tracks that were purchased after six weeks downloading, nearly 100,000 of those acquired were Tarkan songs, making him the highest grossing single artist at the music portal.[46]

Unlike the public's reception, the critical response to Metamorfoz was lukewarm. Most music critics found the album musically lacking from Tarkan's previous albums, though not all.[47] Ecevit Kılıç, columnist for Sabah newspaper, hailed Tarkan on his return and called him the "Orhan Pamuk of music", saying that Tarkan, just like Nobel-awarded Pamuk, always does everything his own way, despite all the attacks he has received from the press.[48] Tarkan received congratulations from the chairman of the Turkish Language Association for his lyricsmanship by using correct language, traditional idioms and sayings in his lyrics, showing it was said a good example to Turkish youth in preserving the culture of the Turkish language.[49] Besides the sales success, Tarkan also produced the third highest viewer rating with his New Year's Eve performance on TRT television channel,[50] generating a total of 1 million YTL income for the television from sponsors.[51]

The album was released in Germany on 1 February 2008, by Urban.[52]

[edit] TrekStor's i.Beat Emo Tarkan Edition

In conjunction with the release of Metamorfoz, Tarkan became the first Turksh artist to have a mp3 player named after him. German manufacturer of storage products and audio devices TrekStor joined up with Tarkan for their mp3 player series i.Beat. Packed with special features, the digital player was titled the i.Beat Emo Tarkan edition.[53]

[edit] Current projects

Tarkan announced at the beginning of 2007 that he is planning to re-release his Come Closer album for the USA market. The information was confirmed by Pete "Boxta" Martin, who did the remix of the album, adding that there will be two new songs featured on the US version.[54]

He also expressed admiration for the charitable works of such celebrities as Angelina Jolie and Bono from U2, and revealed his own concerns over climate change and the urgency for a global focus on the issue.

Tarkan is about to return to England after 8 years to give a concert in the Wembley Arena, London, on 13th April, 2008. The special guest for the concert will be the popular rock band, maNga.[55]

[edit] Popularity

Tarkan with fans
Tarkan with fans

Tarkan is undoubtedly one of the most popular singers in Turkey. In addition to his record-breaking album sales, he is known for staging concerts that draw tens of thousands of people.[56] In 2004, at the "Karadeniz Ereğli Love, Peace and Friendship Festival" approximately 700,000 people watched his concert, while in 2006 authorities reported almost the same numbers. "I've never seen such a sight before. I'll never forget this picture as long as I live," he said after the 2004 fesitival.[57] In 2006 he also performed in Eastern Thrace, in front of an audience of 50,000.[58]

His popularity has been courted by several companies; he became the face first for Pepsi, then for two Turkish telephone companies, Turkcell and Avea.[59] His 2003 tour was sponsored by Opet and he shot three television advertisements for them.

His popularity can be measured by the fact that he became the first Turkish singer to require personal security guards. His bodyguard is Levent Ağaoğlu, the founder of Legend Security.[60] Ağaoğlu's company is also responsible for the security of Tarkan's house in Istanbul, and the office of his production company HITT. His bodyguards escort him during his personal travels as well.[61]

He's a great dancer, he moves beautifully, and he has the magic that all big hit artists share, which is the ability to get an emotion across through a recording.[3]

—Ahmet Ertegün, Washington Post

In recent years, Tarkan has gained international recognition beyond his parents' native Turkey. He is popular in Eastern European countries like Romania and Bulgaria, and in Russia, where he has performed extensively.[62] In 2006 He gave his first Middle Eastern concert in Dubai in front of 9,000 people.[63][64] He is also known in Israel, Greece, the UK and the USA, mainly among the Turkish diaspora. His song "Şımarık" has been sampled by various artists in these countries. The lucrative film industry in India has also poached several Tarkan hits, including "Şıkıdım", "Kuzu Kuzu" and "Dudu", for various Bollywood films.[65][66] His Kış Güneşi song has been chosen as one of "The Unforgettable Hits of Turkish Music" by Hürriyet newspaper.[67]

[edit] Paparazzi terror

The dark side of Tarkan's popularity comes with the media, particularly with the paparazzi. On 29 December 2007, Tarkan gave an interview to Taraf, explaining how the Turkish paparazzi terrorised him when he was leaving the studio of TRT, the national television channel, where he was recording his New Year's Eve concert. Upon leaving the building a group of 10-15 paparazzi, angered by Tarkan's refusal of answering their questions, started to smack and kick his car, shouting offensive words, and blocked his way with their vehicles. When finally the singer's car managed to take road, they followed him to his home, where already other media personnel were waiting for him to arrive. The mass of paparazzi blocked the entrance to his house, and thus the singer was forced to flee to a hotel and spend the night there. He gave the interview to Taraf in the hotel and published the newspaper article on his official website, aiming to direct attention to the dangerous behaviour of the Turkish yellow press.[68] Tarkan has had similar dangerous clashes with the paparazzi before: in May 2007 he was forced into a street pursuit on the road to Mount Olympos near Antalya. That time his angry comments about journalists' behaviour were printed in almost all newspapers.[69]

[edit] Private life

Men [spread these rumours about my homosexuality]! Definitely. It's because I destroy [the image] they try to show off as manhood![70]

—Tarkan, Hürriyet

Tarkan does not like to talk about his private life, which has partly fueled the "is he-is he not gay" discussion, and the subject of his relationships often fills the front pages of Turkish newspapers and magazines. In 2001, when Tarkan was moving houses in New York, a worker stole what the domestic media tried to portray as compromising photos which suggested his homosexuality, but were simply photos with other men in swimwear in public places.[71]

In a special interview to Hürriyet, Tarkan finally declared that he was heterosexual.[70] Tarkan subsequently gave fewer and fewer interviews and television appearances, limiting himself to a small number of trusted journalists. In 2006, he claimed that his relationship with the media had gone wrong:

"There's a trust crisis between me and the media. I'm fed up with being forced into arguments, that all my words are twisted around. I don't want to do it any more. It's no fun any longer. They are aiming right for my head ... When I go to America, I'm so jealous of their talk shows. There are no such things in Turkey. Who shall I talk to in Turkey, in which talk show? They will definitely show what I am not. And in the end, it will all come down to the same question: "Are you gay?"[72]

He has been together with female lawyer Bilge Öztürk for 7 years; the couple currently have no plans to marry.[73] The artist has been quoted in the media several times as regarding the institution of marriage to be outdated, stating he would only get married if he had children for their benefit.[74] Tarkan owns a ranch-like property in Polonezköy, Istanbul, where he cultivates fruit trees and keeps animals.[75] Tarkan also owns a flat in New York, worth approximately 5 million dollars, according to the Turkish press.[76]

[edit] Awards

List of awards Tarkan has won during his career:[77]


  • 1999, World Music Awards (Monaco)
    • Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist:[78] Tarkan
  • 1999, Record Fair MIDEM (Cannes)
    • Best Selling Pop Single:[79] Şımarık
  • 2004, The Pud Award (Russia)
    • "Song of the Year":[34] Dudu


  • 1998 Kral TV Awards
    • Yılın Şarkısı (Song of the Year):[80] Şımarık
  • 2001 MGD Altin Objektif Ödülleri[81]
    • Yılın En İyi Pop Müzik Sanatçısı (Best pop singer of the year)
  • 2001 Kral TV Awards
  • Tarkan images , albums , music new download
    • Yılın Erkek Pop Sanatçısı (Male Pop Singer of the Year)[82]
    • Yılın Şarkısı (Song of the Year):[83] Kuzu Kuzu
    • Yılın Videosu (Video of the Year): Hup
  • 2002 MGD Altin Objektif Ödülleri[84]
    • En İyi Erkek Yorumcu (Best male singer)
    • Yılın Albümü (Album of the year): Karma
  • 2003 Kral TV Müzik Ödülleri[85]
    • En iyi pop erkek (Best male pop singer)

[edit] Discography

Main article: Tarkan discography

[edit] Albums

  • Yine Sensiz (1993)
  • Aacayipsin (1994)
  • Ölürüm Sana (1997)
  • Tarkan (International debut) (1999)
  • Karma (2001)
  • Dudu (2003)
  • Come Closer (First English album) (2006)
  • Metamorfoz (2007)
  • Metamorfoz Remixes (2008)

[edit] Singles

  • Şımarık (International) (1999)
  • Şıkıdım (International) (1999)
  • Bu Gece (International) (1999)
  • Kuzu Kuzu (Domestic) (2001)
  • Hüp (Domestic) (2001)
  • Bounce (Domestic/International) (2005/06)
  • Start the Fire (Domestic/International) (2006)

[edit] See also

  • Tarkan discography
  • Turkish pop music
  • Similar artists

[edit] Further reading

  • "Tarkan DeLuxe". Tarkan DeLuxe. Retrieved on April 17, 2004.
  • "Making Moves, A Tarkan Documentary". Tarkan DeLuxe & MKP © 2005. Retrieved on May 31, 2005.
  • "Albums and Lyrics in English". Tarkan Translations. Retrieved on June 28, 2004.
  • "Tarkan Visual". A Photoblog. Retrieved on June 28, 2004.

[edit] References

  • "Tarkan finds his moves take him across borders". CNN Worldbeat. Retrieved on August 9, 1999.
  • "Pop Music's Young Turk". Washington Post. Retrieved on November 18, 2001.
  • "The Passion of Tarkan". Yildirim, Ali © Tarkan DeLuxe 2004. Retrieved on July 6, 2004.
  • "Turk Prince of Pop". Chacko, Jessica © Hillsdale Collegian. Retrieved on November 11, 2004.
  • "Completely Detached". Lehmann, Lennert © Qantara.de 2005 (Translation from German: John Bergeron). Retrieved on April 21, 2005.
  • "Tarkan's Long Hello". Yildirim, Ali © Tarkan DeLuxe 2005. Retrieved on May 31, 2005.
  • "Making Moves, A Tarkan Documentary". Tarkan DeLuxe & MKP © 2005. Retrieved on May 31, 2005.
  • "Tarkan Filmography". IMDb. Retrieved on June 21, 2006.

[edit] Notes

  1. ^ "Turk Prince of Pop". Chacko, Jessica © Hillsdale Collegian. Retrieved on November 11, 2004.
  2. ^ "News Bulletin". The Sofia Echo. Retrieved on May 26, 2006.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Pop Music's Young Turk". Washington Post. Retrieved on November 18, 2001.
  4. ^ "Key Artists in Euro Pop". Rhapsody. Retrieved on May 18, 2007.
  5. ^ "Sezgin Burak's Tarkan". Sezgin Burak Foundation. Retrieved on May 3, 2007.
  6. ^ "Theories of Relativity". Tarkan DeLuxe. Retrieved on December 29, 2005.
  7. ^ "Set My Sights On a Grammy". Hello! Magazine. Retrieved on February 14, 2007.
  8. ^ a b Star olan çocuk (The kid that became a star) - Milliyet
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Making Moves, A Tarkan Documentary". Tarkan DeLuxe & MKP © 2005. Retrieved on May 31, 2005.
  10. ^ Annesini evlendirdi (He got his mother married) – Hürriyet
  11. ^ Interview with Tarkan on German TV
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Albums and Lyrics in English". Tarkan Translations. Retrieved on June 28, 2004.
  13. ^ a b "The German Turkish Pop Scene". Bax, Daniel © Qantara. Retrieved on February 22, 2008.
  14. ^ a b Hürriyet reports
  15. ^ Alumni list of the Üsküdar Musiki Cemiyeti
  16. ^ Lehmann, Lennert. Completely Detached – Quantara.de
  17. ^ The name minik serçe, that is "little sparrow" was given to Sezen Aksu by journalist Yavuz Gökmen. Aksu has a song with the same title as well.
  18. ^ a b "A Chronicle of Tarkan's Image". Hürriyet. Retrieved on December 27, 2007.
  19. ^ Tarkan: From the stage to the barracks - Turkish Daily News
  20. ^ Tarkan's Sexy Scenes Resurface Again - Tarkan Deluxe
  21. ^ a b "Tarkan finds his moves take him across borders". CNN Worldbeat. Retrieved on August 9, 1999.
  22. ^ a b c "Tarkan's Long Hello". Yildirim, Ali © Tarkan DeLuxe 2005. Retrieved on May 31, 2005.
  23. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts". Swisscharts.com. Retrieved on April 25, 1999.
  24. ^ "NL Top 40". Top 40 web. Retrieved on June 5, 1999.
  25. ^ "Tarkan Biography". Turkish Music. Retrieved on May 25, 2000.
  26. ^ Reader Requests, TarkanDeluxe
  27. ^ "Tarkan Confesses". Tempo Magazine. Retrieved on March 5, 2006.
  28. ^ Tarkan Fransa ve Belçika'da pop listelerinde hizla yükseliyor – Milliyet
  29. ^ a b Turkish star's trouble over 'explicit' video – BBC
  30. ^ Tez, Mehmet. Tarkan: Turkey's Last Greatest Star - Sabah. Translation by Ali Yıldırım.
  31. ^ Tarkanın Saçı Taklit Ediliyor (Tarkan's hairdo is being copied)
  32. ^ Sarıbaş, Şermin. Michael Lang: His Hair Remains The Same, So Does His Energy - Hürriyet. Translation by Ali Yıldırım
  33. ^ Tarkan hakkındaki kitap toplatıldı (The book about Tarkan is withdrawn) – Hürriyet
  34. ^ a b "Award for Dudu from Russia". Aksam Magazine. Retrieved on June 6, 2004.
  35. ^ Transparent Tarkan Aktüel Magazine
  36. ^ Tarkan’ın imaj tarihçesi (Tarkan's image history) Hürriyet
  37. ^ Ahmet San Destroyed My American Dream – Hürriyet, translation by Ali Yildirim)
  38. ^ Britney Spears review - Rollingstone.com
  39. ^ Mayhey, Mark. On The Fringes Of Fame
  40. ^ MÜYAP: 2006 Foreign albums
  41. ^ "Turkish DJ Steals Tarkan's songs". Tarkan DeLuxe. Retrieved on August 3, 2005.
  42. ^ "Latest Developments in Tarkan's Camp". Hürriyet newspaper. Retrieved on August 27, 2005.
  43. ^ Take Action: Tell Turkish Prince of Pop Tarkan to Stop Wearing Fur
  44. ^ PETA Protest Update
  45. ^ Tarkan.com album teaser site
  46. ^ Digital Downloads to Count as Sales – Tarkan Deluxe.
  47. ^ Tarkan Divides Turkish Press
  48. ^ Müzigin Orhan Pamuk'u (Music's Orhan Pamuk) – Sabah.
  49. ^ TDK Başkanı: Rahmetli Barış Manço gibi (TLA Chairman Says: He's Like Baris Manco)
  50. ^ Television ratings by Medyatava
  51. ^ Medyatava, Hürriyet reports
  52. ^ Universal Music newsletter
  53. ^ Tarkan Ahead of the Game, Tarkan Deluxe
  54. ^ Pete Boxta Martin blog - News
  55. ^ Tarkan - maNga, London
  56. ^ Tarkan's concert in the Inönü Stadium – Milliyet
  57. ^ Black Sea Sees Tarkan Storm - Tarkan DeLuxe
  58. ^ Tarkan Rocks Turkish Thrace
  59. ^ Tarkan's section at the Avea website
  60. ^ Legend Security
  61. ^ Tarkan'a gölge oldu (He became Tarkan's shadow) – Sabah
  62. ^ "Eastern Addictions". Tarkan DeLuxe. Retrieved on June 29, 2006.
  63. ^ "Tarkan In Dubai Dream". Tarkan DeLuxe. Retrieved on October 26, 2006.
  64. ^ Tarkan Dubai interview - NTV
  65. ^ "Pritam is a copy-cat Part 1". Movie Tonic. Retrieved on April 2, 2007.
  66. ^ "Pritam is a copy-cat Part 2". Movie Tonic. Retrieved on April 2, 2007.
  67. ^ Türk müzigin unutulmayan sarkilari – Hürriyet
  68. ^ Magazin Terörü Tarkan'i Kendi Evinden Kacirdi (Due to Media Terror Tarkan Had to Leave His Own Home) - Taraf
  69. ^ Tarkan News Round-up
  70. ^ a b [1] Arman, Ayşe. Gentle as a Lamb - Hürriyet, translation by Ali Yıldırım
  71. ^ Tarkan'ın belalısı gözaltına alındı (Tarkan trouble-maker under arrest)
  72. ^ Arman, Ayşe. Bu ülke beni ille de gay yapacak (This country will make me gay, no matter what) - Hürriyet
  73. ^ Bilge sonunda konuştu (Bilge finally talks) - Hürriyet
  74. ^ Gay değilim, evliliğe inanmam (I'm not gay, I don't believe in marriage) - Milliyet
  75. ^ Özcan, Tarkan ile komşu oldu (Özcan and Tarkan became neighbours) – Akşam Gazetesi
  76. ^ Tarkan'ın ABD'deki evinin değeri 5 milyon dolar oldu! (Tarkan's flat in the US is worth 5 million dollars!) – Akşam Gazetesi
  77. ^ Note: The awards section is incomplete due to the inconsistency of Turkish websites. Tarkan has won many more awards but not every of them can be found on the world wide web.
  78. ^ Video of Tarkan receiving the WMA and performing Şımarık
  79. ^ A Golden Gift (Tarkan Deluxe)
  80. ^ Tarkan Promos (Tarkan Deluxe)
  81. ^ Tarkan'in gerçek rakibi (Tarkan's true rival)
  82. ^ Kral TV Awards: Best singer - video
  83. ^ Kral TV Awards: Best song - video
  84. ^ MGD Ödülleri Sahiplerini Buldu
  85. ^ Kral TV Müzik ödülleri 2003

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Paris Hilton at the 2007 Scream Awards.
BornParis Whitney Hilton
February 17, 1981 (1981-02-17) (age 27)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationSocialite, model, actress, author, recording artist, fashion designer
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Weight114 lb (52 kg)

Paris Whitney Hilton (born February 17, 1981) is an American celebutante, television personality, actress, singer, model, and businesswoman.

She is known for her appearance on the television series The Simple Life, her several minor film roles (most notably her role in the horror film House of Wax in 2005), her 2004 tongue-in-cheek autobiography,[2] her 2006 album Paris, her work in modeling, and her appearance in a sex tape in 2003. As a result of several legal incidents, Hilton also served a widely publicized sentence in a Los Angeles County jail facility in 2007.


  • 1 Early life and background
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 As a model
    • 2.2 As an actress
      • 2.2.1 Film
      • 2.2.2 Television
    • 2.3 As a recording artist
    • 2.4 As an author
  • 3 Activism
  • 4 2008 McCain campaign parody
  • 5 Products and endorsements
  • 6 Personal life
    • 6.1 Driving violations
  • 7 Controversy
    • 7.1 Alleged racism
  • 8 Filmography
  • 9 Discography
    • 9.1 Albums
    • 9.2 Singles
  • 10 Bibliography
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links

Early life and background

Born in New York City, Hilton is the oldest of four children of Richard and Kathy Hilton (née Avanzino). She has a sister, Nicky, and brothers, Barron and Conrad.

On the maternal side of her family, she is a niece of two child stars of the 1970s, Kim Richards and Kyle Richards. Hilton was related by marriage to Nicole Richie's godmother, Nancy Davis, when Nancy's brother, Greg, was married to Kim Richards.

Hilton's paternal grandparents are hotel chairman Barron Hilton, and his wife, the former Marilyn Hawley; Barron Hilton's parents were Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton and his first wife, Mary Barron.

Hilton moved between several exclusive homes in her youth, including a suite in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, Beverly Hills, and the Hamptons. She attended her freshman year of high school at the Marywood-Palm Valley School in Rancho Mirage, California and then the Dwight School in New York for her sophomore and junior years. She was then transferred to the Canterbury School, in New Milford, Connecticut where she was a member of the hockey team. However, in early 1999, she was expelled for violating the school rules.[3] Hilton later earned her GED.[4][5]

In December 2007, Hilton's grandfather Barron Hilton pledged 97 percent of his estate to a charitable organization founded by his father, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. An immediate pledge of $1.2 billion was made, with a further $1.1 billion due after his death. He cited his father's actions as the motivation for his pledge. According to reports, the potential inheritance of his grandchildren is sharply diminished.[6][7]


Hilton has worked as a model, actress, musician, and engaged in sometime business pursuits.[8] According to Forbes Magazine, she earned approximately $2 million in 2003–2004,[9] $6.5 million in 2004–2005,[10] and $7 million in 2005–2006.[11]

As a model

Hilton began modeling as a child, initially at charity events.[12] When she was 19, she signed with Donald Trump's modeling agency, T Management.[12] Hilton has also worked with Ford Models in New York, Models 1 Agency in London, Nous Model Management in Los Angeles, and Premier Model Management in London. She has appeared in numerous advertising campaigns, including Iceberg Vodka, GUESS, Tommy Hilfiger, Christian Dior, and Marciano. In 2001, Hilton began to develop a reputation as a socialite, being identified as "New York's leading It Girl" whose fame was beginning to "extend beyond the New York tabloids".[12] She has appeared in several magazines, including the April 2004 issue of Maxim.[13]

As an actress


Hilton has made cameo appearances in several films, notably Zoolander (2001), Wonderland (2003), and The Cat In The Hat (2003). She landed minor and supporting roles in the feature films Nine Lives (2002), Raising Helen (2004), The Hillz (2004), and House of Wax (2005). Her role as Paige Edwards in House of Wax won the Teen Choice Award for "Best Scream" and earned her a nomination for "Choice Breakout Performance – Female".[14] (It also won her the 2005 Razzie for "Worst Supporting Actress" at the 2005 Golden Raspberry Awards.)[15] She also earned a nomination for "Best Frightened Performance" at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards. She landed her first lead roles in 2006 with the straight-to-DVD releases National Lampoon's Pledge This! and Bottoms Up. She plays the Hottie in a romantic comedy called The Hottie and the Nottie, released in 2008. As of August 2007, Hilton is part of the cast of Repo! the Genetic Opera, which began filming in September 2007.[16]


Hilton co-starred with Nicole Richie in the Fox reality series The Simple Life, which premiered on December 2, 2003. The Simple Life ran for three seasons on Fox. The show was cancelled by Fox after a dispute between Hilton and Richie, but it was subsequently aired by E! Entertainment Television for the fourth and fifth seasons.[17] Despite talks of a sixth season,[18] the series finished its run at the end of the fifth season.[19] In March 2008, it was reported that Hilton would star in a new MTV reality series tentatively titled Paris Hilton's My New BFF, about her looking for a new best friend.[20] The series is to run for ten episodes from October to December, 2008.[21]

Hilton has also guest-starred in episodes of The O.C., The George Lopez Show, Las Vegas, American Dreams and Veronica Mars. Furthermore, she appeared in several music videos, including "It Girl" by John Oates and "Just Lose It" by Eminem. Planning is underway for an eponymous cartoon series following the animated life of Hilton, her sister Nicky, and her dog Tinkerbell.[22] , which began filming in September 2007. In April 2008, she guest starred on the My Name is Earl episode I Won't Die with a Little Help from My Friends.[23]

As a recording artist

Further information: Heiress Records and Paris (Paris Hilton album)

Hilton founded Heiress Records, a sub-label of Warner Bros. Records, in 2004 and released her self-titled debut album, Paris, under that label on August 22, 2006. Although the album reached number six on the Billboard 200 for a week, its total sales volume has been low.[24][25] Allmusic commented that the album was "more fun than anything released by Britney Spears or Jessica Simpson, and a lot fresher, too." On the whole, critical reception was mixed.[26] On July 16, 2007 Hilton confirmed that she was working on a new album with producer Scott Storch.[27][28][29] In a recent interview with MTV, Hilton decided that her second album is going to be a dance album. She stated that she "loves Bob Sinclair" and wants to create dance-music vibe. Hilton has installed a professional recording studio in her house to work on the album.[30] At a meet and greet in Montreal, Hilton stated that her album is to be released sometime in 2008.[31]

As an author

Further information: Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose and Your Heiress Diary: Confess It All to Me

In the autumn of 2004, Hilton released an autobiographical book, Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose, co-written by Merle Ginsberg, which includes full color photographs of her and her advice on life as an heiress. Hilton reportedly received a $100,000 advance payment for this book. Some in the media panned the writing as amateurish, and the book was parodied by Robert Mundell on The Late Show with David Letterman. The book became a New York Times bestseller. Hilton followed it up with a designer diary, also with Ginsberg, called Your Heiress Diary: Confess It All to Me.


In 2007, after watching a graphic video about animals raised for their fur, Hilton announced her support of vegetarianism and her opposition to wearing fur.[32] Hilton said:

From that point [after witnessing the video shown by Heather Mills], I've never worn fur and I never will. I also haven't eaten any meat since....I was grossed out. It was disgusting.[33]

2008 McCain campaign parody

Main article: Paris Hilton Responds to McCain Ad
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Paris Hilton mocks John McCain presidential ad

On August 6, 2008, Paris appeared in a 1 minute 50 second long viral video, "Paris Hilton Responds to McCain Ad", directed by Adam McKay and posted on the Funny or Die website.

The video featured Paris in a parody advertisement, and was made in response to a television campaign advert "Celeb", broadcast in 11 US states by the 2008 John McCain presidential campaign. In Celeb, McCain briefly compared his rival Barack Obama to that of celebrities such as Paris and Britney Spears, and goes on to question his readiness to lead and criticise his energy policy.

In what The Washington Post opined "might just be her best acting role yet,"[34] Hilton appears wearing a leopard print swimsuit[35]. She starts out by suggesting that her personal mention by McCain means that she must now be a candidate in the presidential race, and goes on to mock McCain, and critique the expected qualities and lifestyle of a celebity in comparison to that of a US president. In a 30 second segment, in the style of an academic speaker, Paris compares and contrasts the policies of McCain and Obama for solving the US energy crisis, and goes on to propose a 'compromise solution' combining elements of both.

The video received 7 million views in two days garnering worldwide press coverage, and drew both written and verbal media response from both campaigns. The merits and drawbacks of the 'Paris compromise solution' with regard to energy policy, as well as its contrast to the adversarial political campaigns, generated multiple comments from US political commentators, as well as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Michael Burgess.

Products and endorsements

Hilton helped design a collection of purses for Japanese label Samantha Thavasa,[36] and also a jewelry line for Amazon.com.[37] In 2004, Hilton was involved in the creation of a perfume line by Parlux Fragrances. Originally set to be a small release, high demand led to a wider release before December 2004. The launch was followed by a 47 percent increase in sales of Parlux products, predominantly due to sales of the Hilton-branded perfume.[38] After the success of Hilton's perfume, Parlux Fragrances released several more perfumes with her name, including fragrances for men.[39] Paris Hilton launched a new fragrance in October 2007, called Can Can. This is her fourth women's fragrance after Paris Hilton, Just Me, and Heiress. In January 2007, Hilton released the DreamCatchers line of hair extensions in partnership with Hair Tech International.[40] In early August 2007, Hilton signed a licensing agreement with Antebi for a signature footwear line, "Paris Hilton Footware", featuring stilettos, platforms, flats, wedges, and a sports collection, expected to reach stores in 2008.[41] In mid August 2007, Hilton launched a line of tops, dresses, coats, and jeans at Kitson boutique in Los Angeles.[42]

In 2005, Hilton lent her name to a chain of nightclubs owned by Fred Khalilian and known as Club Paris. This association ended in January 2007 after she had failed to attend several scheduled promotional appearances.[43]

In December 2007, Hilton joined in promotion of RICH Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine sold in cans rather than bottles. Hilton went to Germany to promote the drink.[44]

Personal life

Paris Hilton in Munich 2005
Paris Hilton in Munich 2005
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Hilton was engaged to fashion model Jason Shaw from mid-2002 to early 2003. In 2003-2004 she had a relationship with singer Nick Carter. Later she was engaged to Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis, from May 29, 2005 to November 2005. Thereafter, she began dating another Greek shipping heir, Stavros Niarchos III, before breaking up in May 2006. She is currently dating the guitarist of the band Good Charlotte, Benji Madden. [45]

In May 2008, Hilton announced her intention to marry Madden during a gushing interview with television talk-show host David Letterman. Hilton waxed lyrical about what a great couple they were, while flashing his initials in bling on her ring finger.[46][47][48][49][50]

Hilton told Live with Regis and Kelly: "One-night stands are not for me. I think it's gross when you just give it up. Guys want you more, if you don't just hand it to them on a platter."[51]

Hilton loves small dogs, and owns a Yorkshire Terrier and a female Chihuahua named Tinkerbell. Hilton is frequently seen carrying Tinkerbell (dubbed an "accessory dog") at social events and functions, and in all five seasons of television reality show The Simple Life. In 2004, Tinkerbell "authored" a memoir, The Tinkerbell Hilton Diaries. On August 12, 2004, Tinkerbell went missing after Hilton's apartment was burgled, and a $5,000 reward was offered for her safe return.[52] She was found six days later. By December 1, 2004, Tinkerbell was again spotted with Paris Hilton at various events. Hilton has also purchased a male Chihuahua on July 25, 2007 from Pets of Bel Air in Los Angeles.[53]

A homemade sex video of Hilton and then-boyfriend Rick Salomon was leaked on the Internet in 2003, later released as the DVD 1 Night in Paris despite attempted legal action. It appeared a week prior to the premiere of The Simple Life.

Driving violations

In September 2006, Hilton was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content of 0.08%, the level at which it is illegal to drive in California. Hilton's driving license was subsequently suspended in November 2006,[54] and in January 2007 she pleaded no contest to the alcohol-related reckless driving charge.[55] Her punishment was 36 months' probation and fines of about $1,500.[56] On January 15, 2007, Hilton was pulled over for driving with a suspended license and signed a document acknowledging that she was not permitted to drive.[57] On February 27, 2007 Hilton was caught driving 70 mph in a 35 mph zone, again with a suspended license. She also did not have her headlights on even though it was after dark. Prosecutors in the office of the Los Angeles City Attorney charged that those actions, along with the failure to enroll in a court-ordered alcohol education program, constituted a violation of the terms of her probation.[54]

Paris Hilton's booking photograph
Paris Hilton's booking photograph

On May 4, 2007 Hilton was sentenced by Judge Michael T. Sauer to 45 days in jail for violating her probation. Initially, Hilton planned to appeal the sentence, and supported an online petition[58] asking California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for a pardon.[59] The petition was created and organized on May 5, 2007 by Joshua Morales.[60] In response, various opponents started a counter-petition to maintain the sentence.[61] Both petitions attracted tens of thousands of signatures. Hilton later switched lawyers and dropped her plans to appeal.[62]

Hilton was required to begin her jail term on June 5, 2007,[63] and checked herself into the Century Regional Detention Facility, an all-female jail in Lynwood, California after attending the 2007 MTV Movie Awards on June 3, 2007. With credit for good behavior, it was anticipated that Hilton would only serve 23 days of her 45-day sentence;[64] however, in an unexpected turn of events, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca signed orders on the morning of June 7, reassigning Hilton to 40 days of home confinement with an electronic monitoring device due to an unspecified medical condition.[65] Baca commented on the release saying, "My message to those who don't like celebrities is that punishing celebrities more than the average American is not justice,"[66] contesting that under normal circumstances, Hilton would not have served any time in jail, and he added that "The special treatment, in a sense, appears to be because of her celebrity status ... She got more time in jail".[67] On the same day that Hilton was released from jail, Judge Michael Sauer summoned her to reappear in court the following morning (June 8) as the sentencing statement had explicitly said she would serve time in jail with "No work furlough. No work release. No electronic monitoring."[68] At the hearing he declined to be briefed by Hilton's attorney in private chambers on the nature of her condition and sent her back to jail to serve out her original 45-day sentence. Upon hearing the sentence, Hilton shouted, "It's not right!" and started screaming, requesting to hug her mother who was present in the courtroom.[69][70] Concern about Hilton's condition led to her being moved to the medical wing of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, and she was moved back to the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood on June 13.[71]

While in jail, Hilton was influenced by prison minister Marty Angelo: Hilton referred to starting a "new beginning" during her interview with talk show host Larry King on June 28, 2007, two days after being released from jail,[72] and quoted from Angelo's autobiography, entitled Once Life Matters: A New Beginning. On June 9, 2007 Marty Angelo petitioned sentencing Sauer[73] asking to serve out the remainder of Hilton's jail sentence if the judge would release her to an alternative treatment program,[74] but the petition was turned down.

Hilton was released from jail on June 26, 2007. In total, Hilton served 22 days in detention, counting her day-long home confinement.[75] Hilton announced she would be visiting Rwanda in November 2007 as a post-jail vow, but has since postponed the trip until an undetermined date in 2008.


Paris Hilton has been quoted as saying that she is the "iconic blonde of the decade"' and compared herself to Princess Diana and Marilyn Monroe (a claim she denied in the May 2007 issue of Harper's Bazaar).[76] She appeared in the 2007 Guinness World Records as the world's "Most Overrated Celebrity". [77] In a poll conducted by the Associated Press and AOL, Hilton was voted the second "Worst Celebrity Role Model of 2006", behind Britney Spears.[78] Critics suggest that Hilton epitomizes the title of famous for being famous;[79] echoing that sentiment, the Associated Press conducted what they called an experiment in February 2007, trying not to report on Hilton for a whole week.[80]

Hilton recently posed nude, covered in gold paint, to promote "Rich Prosecco", a canned version of an Italian sparkling wine.[81][82]

Alleged racism

In January 2007 a video surfaced on the commercial website ParisExposed.com in which Paris Hilton uses homophobic and ethnic slurs.[83] Hilton appears to mock African-Americans and Jews at a party during the song "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge.[84] The video was found among Hilton's personal and medical documents auctioned off after she allegedly failed to pay the bill on a storage facility. Hilton's publicist Elliot Mintz confirmed to the New York Post its authenticity, saying she had obviously been drinking. On February 3, 2007 Hilton obtained a temporary injunction against ParisExposed.com, closing down the website for a short period of time before it went back online.[85]


2000Sweetie Pie
2002Nine Lives
2003L.A. Knights
The Cat in the HatFemale Club-GoerCameo
2004Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!
The Hillz
Raising HelenAmber
2005House of WaxPaige Edwards
2006Bottoms Up (film)
Pledge This!Victoria English
2008The Hottie and the NottieCristabel Abbott
Repo! the Genetic OperaAmber Sweet


Main article: Paris Hilton discography


  • Paris (released August 22, 2006)
  • TBA (2009)


From Paris:

  • "Stars Are Blind"
  • "Turn It Up"
  • "Nothing in This World"
  • "Screwed"


  • Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose, 2004, ISBN 0743266641
  • Your Heiress Diary: Confess It All to Me, 2005, ISBN 0743287142


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