Yıldız Tilbe

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Yıldız Tilbe
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Tilbe performing at a concert in Istanbul, July 2014
Born (1966-07-16) 16 July 1966 (age 52)
Konak, İzmir, Turkey
Güngör Karahan
(m. 1984; div. 1989)
Musical career
Years active1991–present
  • Tempa & Foneks
  • İdobay
  • Avrupa
  • Erol Köse
  • Seyhan
  • Barış
  • Özdemir

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

Life and career[edit]

Yıldız Tilbe was born in the Gültepe district of Konak, İzmir, and is of Kurdish and Zaza origin.[2] She is the youngest of her parents' six children.[3] She was known by the nickname "Yadigar" within her family.[4] Her mother Altun was from Tunceli, while her father Ali was from Ağrı.[2][1][5] Her father Ali Tilbe was a seasonal worker. She attended the Mustafa Rahmi Balaban School, but left after the second grade,[6] and started singing from an early age.[7] At the age of 18, she got married to Güngör Karahan.[8] From this marriage she has a daughter, named Sezen Burçin. After 5 years the couple divorced. She then started singing in various nightclubs in İzmir.

She began her career in 1990[9] in a nightclub owned by Cengiz Özşeker. While performing at th nightclub in 1991, she met Sezen Aksu, who asked Tilbe to become her backing vocalist.[10]. After accepting her offer, Tilbe moved to Istanbul and worked for Sezen Aksu for a while. After parting her way from Aksu, Tilbe started performing at Istanbul's nightclubs. She subsequently got an offer from Cem Özer to perform as a soloist in the program Laf Lafı Açıyor. With her appearance on this show, she became famous[11] and released her first album, Delikanlım, in 1994, which became a hit in Turkey.[12] In addition to her singing career, she started songwriting. In her songs, she addresses subjects such as sadness, love and separation and primarily uses romantic themes in her songs and compositions.[13] In her romantic songs, she uses an imaginative and powerful language. Tilbe has composed many songs for several other artists and collaborated with them on their music projects.[14][15] About her songs Tilbe said:

"My songs do not just tell my story, they tell everybody's story. That is why people listen to them. There is Yıldız who sings these songs, and there is someone who listens to them. I can not even listen to some of my songs because they are really painful.

Also I'm a person who has something to say not only in those songs but in other ways. I'm not a person limited to just about 40 songs..."[16]

In 1996, the anti-narcotics police found some cannabis at her house. Tilbe was held in custody and was released after three days. To get rid of her addiction to cannabis, she was hospitalized at Balıklı Greek Hospital for a while.[17] In the same year, she released her new album, Aşkperest. In the late 1990s, she worked at various nightclubs in Istanbul, Bursa and Eskişehir. In 2001, the release of her new album Gülüm brought her back to the stardom, which was followed by the album Haberi Olsun in 2002. In 2003, all of the songs on her album Yürü Anca Gidersin became hits in Turkey. Throughout her career, she has won many awards and received various nominations.

In 2004, Tilbe was diagnosed with uterine cancer[18] and underwent surgery and treatment at Hacettepe University Medical School. Tilbe has related her illness to the personal issues she was dealing with at the time and said:

I did not say this to anyone except my family. Fortunately, I had a child before. Otherwise, this issue could tear me up. I had a great love in my life during that period of time, I was deeply in love. I was just thinking about him. He was constantly on my mind. When a person is in pain, it could actually be a problem in her body. I completely forgot him after my illness was over. Now I know that everything is not worth hanging around, and I learned that I should not feel despaired for unnecessary things.[19]

Once she received a marriage offer from Azer Bülbül but she did not accept his proposal.[20]

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."[21]

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".[22][23]

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.[23][24] 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+ [25]
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 [26]
2003 Yürü Anca Gidersin Go You'll barely reach It 2,500,000 [26]
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 Person 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[27]
2014 Şivesi Sensin Aşkın You're the Accent of Love 23,000 Müzik Onair[27]
2015 Yıldız Tilbe 2015 Yıldız Tilbe 2015
2016 Oynat Play
2017 Sevgililer Günü Valentine's Day
2018 Bir Seni Tanırım I Just Know You
2018 Kış Gülleri Winter Roses


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  2. ^ a b http://m.habervitrini.com/medya/stardaki-yildiz-tilbenin-programinda-kurt-turk-gerginligi-716004
  3. ^ Hastayız sana, dermansızız Sabah. 23 May 2010.
  4. ^ Hep taşralı, hep bizden, hep kadın Sabah. 28 August 2011
  5. ^ "Yıldız Tilbe". biyografi.info.
  6. ^ Yıldız Tilbe, Biyografi TTNET, Retrieved: 29 December 2012
  7. ^ Ünlülerin Eski Meslekleri Mynet, Retrieved: 30 December 2012
  8. ^ Artık Bütün Kapılar Yüzüne Kapatılıyor Milliyet, 14 March 1999
  9. ^ Bir zamanlar... ünlü değillerdi Hürriyet, Kültür Sanat. Yayın tarihi: 19 Ağustos 2003
  10. ^ Yıldız Böyle Şöhret Oldu 29 September 2010, Fozdemir
  11. ^ Benim bu ülkede gördüğüm ilgiyi ne İbrahim Tatlıses ne de Tarkan gördü Vatan Magazin. 7 April 2012
  12. ^ "Aşk laftan anlamaz ki..." Milliyet.com.tr. Milliyet. 3 September 2002. Archived from the original on 10 February 2005. Retrieved 31 July 2014.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  13. ^ Magazin, Hürriyet Hürriyet Archive, 4 March 2007
  14. ^ Adı Sezen Aksu Olsaydı Manşetlerden İnmezdi Oda Tv. 31 May 2012 15:14
  15. ^ "Yildiz Tilbe - Europopmusic". europopmusic.eu.
  16. ^ "Tilbe Market". Can Dündar. Archived from the original on 20 November 2015. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
  17. ^ Ünlülerin Kirli Sırları Sabah, 7 October 2010, Thursday
  18. ^ Karşılıksız aşk kanser yaptı! Bugün. 19 December 2011 Monday
  19. ^ Kanseri Yenen ÜnlülerDr. Hamdi Koçer Meme Sağlığı. 25 November 2011
  20. ^ https://www.cnnturk.com/haber/kultur-sanat/yildiz-tilbe-azer-bulbulu-anlatti
  21. ^ "Present-Day Anti-Semitism in Turkey". Jerusalem Center For Public Affairs.
  22. ^ http://www.milliyet.com.tr/yildiz-tilbe-den-irkci-mesajlar-magazin-1910034/ Yıldız Tilbe'den ırkçı mesajlar
  23. ^ a b "Popular Turkish singer causes outrage with anti-Semitic Gaza tweets - LOCAL". hurriyetdailynews.com.
  24. ^ "Melih Gökçek: Yıldız Tilbe, seni alkışlıyorum". timeturk.com.
  25. ^ "10 yılın tiraj rekortmenleri". Milliyet. 12 April 2000. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  26. ^ a b "Gül değil, kırçiçeği değil kardelen". Milliyet.com.tr. Milliyet. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  27. ^ a b "ŞOK!.. 2013 ve 2014 Albüm Basım Rakamlarını Açıklıyoruz!." Müzik Onair.

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