Yıldız Tilbe

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Yıldız Tilbe
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Tilbe performing at a concert in Istanbul, July 2014
Background information
Birth name Yıldız Tilbe
Born (1966-07-16) 16 July 1966 (age 52)
İzmir, Turkey
Genres Pop-folk
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, entertainer
Years active 1991–present
Website http://www.yildiztilbe.com.tr

Yıldız Tilbe (born 16 July 1966) is a Turkish pop folk singer of Kurdish-Zaza descent and one of the best-selling musical artists in Turkey,[1] known especially for her eastern-infused ballads.

Early life and career[edit]

Her father is from Ağrı and her mother is from Tunceli.[1][2]

While performing at a nightclub in 1991 she met Sezen Aksu.[1] For some time thereafter she worked as a backing singer and collaborated with several other artists on their music projects.[3]

Tilbe released her debut album Delikanlım in 1994.[4] She writes and composes most of her songs and also produces for other artists, including Tarkan, Funda Arar, Aleyna Tilki, Demet Akalin and Gulben Ergen.[3]

Alleged antisemitism and criticism of Israel[edit]

After the 2006 Israeli airstrike on Lebanon, during a television appearance Tilbe said "May God bring down one disaster after another upon Israel," to which the studio audience answered “Amen.”[5]

In response to Israeli airstrikes on Gaza in early July 2014, Tilbe is reported to have said on social media site Twitter: "God bless Hitler, it was even too few what he did to the Jews, he was right" and "The Jews will be destroyed by Muslims, in the name of Allah, not much time left for it to be done".[6][7]

Her tweets received support from Melih Gökçek, the mayor of Ankara, who is a member of the ruling Justice and Development Party and himself a controversial figure.[7][8] Later she tweeted that did not mean to praise Hitler and that she also has some Jewish friends and acquaintances.


Year Title (Turkish) Title (English) Sales Source
1994 Delikanlım My Boy 600,000+ [9]
1995 Dillere Destan A Legendary Story
1996 Aşkperest Love Obsessed
1998 Salla Gitsin Dertlerini Let Your Worries Go
2001 Gülüm My Rose
2002 Haberi Olsun Let Him Know 21,000,000 [10]
2003 Yürü Anca Gidersin Go You'll barely reach It 2,500,000 [10]
2004 Yıldız'dan Türküler Folk Songs From Yıldız 650.000+
2004 Sevdiğime Hiç Pişman Olmadım Never Regretted Loving You 380,000
2005 Papatya Baharı Camomile Spring 300,000
2006 Tanıdım Seni Now I Know You 150,000
2008 Güzel Beautiful 123,000
2009 Aşk İnsanı Değiştirir Love Changes a Man 100,000
2010 Hastayım Sana Crazy for You 100,000
2011 Oynama Do Not Play
2013 Yeniden Eskiler. Arabesk Again Oldies. Arabesque 26,500 Müzik Onair[11]
2014 Şivesi Sensin Aşkın You're the accent of love 23,000 Müzik Onair[11]
2015 Yıldız Tilbe 2015 Yıldız Tilbe 2015
2016 Oynat Play
2017 Sevgililer Günü Valentine's Day


  1. ^ a b c "Yildiz Tilbe". vaybee.de. 
  2. ^ "Yıldız Tilbe". biyografi.info. 
  3. ^ a b "Yildiz Tilbe - Europopmusic". europopmusic.eu. 
  4. ^ "Aşk laftan anlamaz ki..." Milliyet.com.tr. Milliyet. 3 September 2002. Archived from the original on 10 February 2005. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Present-Day Anti-Semitism in Turkey". Jerusalem Center For Public Affairs. 
  6. ^ http://www.milliyet.com.tr/yildiz-tilbe-den-irkci-mesajlar-magazin-1910034/ Yıldız Tilbe'den ırkçı mesajlar
  7. ^ a b "Popular Turkish singer causes outrage with anti-Semitic Gaza tweets - LOCAL". hurriyetdailynews.com. 
  8. ^ "Melih Gökçek: Yıldız Tilbe, seni alkışlıyorum". timeturk.com. 
  9. ^ "10 yılın tiraj rekortmenleri". Milliyet. 12 April 2000. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Gül değil, kırçiçeği değil kardelen". Milliyet.com.tr. Milliyet. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "ŞOK!.. 2013 ve 2014 Albüm Basım Rakamlarını Açıklıyoruz!." Müzik Onair. 

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