|Birth name||Gülşen Bayraktar|
May 29, 1976|
|Genres||Pop rock (with elements of Ottoman music)|
Gülşen Bayraktar (commonly known as Gülşen or "Gulshen" in English speaking countries) is a Turkish pop singer.
Life and career
Gülşen, born May 29, 1976 in Istanbul, studied at the Turkish Classical Music Department of Istanbul Technical University.
Her first album, Be Adam (Oh man!) debut in 1995, followed in three years by Erkeksen (If you are a man), and the 2001 Şimdi (Now). The comparative failure of her fourth album in 2004, Of…Of…., has been attributed to the music video for the track Sarışınım (My Blonde); declared obscene by the state TV censors, RTÜK (High Board for Radio and TV), broadcasters were issued warnings for airing the clip.
The June 2006 album titled Yurtta Aşk, Cihanda Aşk was a play on a quote by Turkey's founding president, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk - "peace in the country, peace in the world" becoming "love in the country, love in the world".
Gülşen's private life has been the subject of Turkish news media and gossip tabloids. Gülşen's seventh album, Önsöz, was released in 2010, with Ozan Çolakoğlu serving as music director, arranger and co-composer; contemporaneous rumors spoke of a romantic relationship and vacationing with Gülşen in Switzerland.
Gülşen's ninth studio album "Beni Durdursan mı?" ("I wonder if you should stop me"), released in 2013, included the successful single "Yatcaz Kalkcaz Ordayım" ("I will be there in two days"). In this album as well is the song Kardan Adam (snowman) which has over 18 million views on YouTube.
- "Be Adam" (1995)
- "Erkeksen" (1998)
- "Şimdi" (2001)
- "Of...Of..." (2004)
- "Yurtta Aşk, Cihanda Aşk" (2006)
- "Ama Bir Farkla" (2007)
- "Mucize" (2007)
- "Önsöz" (2009)
- "Beni Durdursan mı?" (2013)
- "Bangır Bangır" (2015)