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"Şımarık" (pronounced [ʃɯmaˈɾɯk], "Spoilt"), also known as "Kiss Kiss", is a 1997 song by Turkish singer Tarkan. It was written by Sezen Aksu, with music credited as composed by Tarkan. However, Tarkan later admitted in a 2006 interview that this had been done without Aksu's consent, who was the true copyright owner.[1] It formed part of Tarkan's album Ölürüm Sana. "Şımarık" was released in France in 1998 and the rest of the world in 1999, from the compilation album Tarkan, which was released in Europe. It has sold two million copies all across Europe. Many versions of the song were recorded in different languages, most notably the English-language cover, titled "Kiss Kiss", by Greek-American singer Stella Soleil in 2001 which was itself covered by Australian actress Holly Valance in 2002.

Single by Tarkan
from the album Tarkan & Ölürüm Sana
FormatCD single, LP
GenreTurkish pop, dance-pop
  • 3:10("Şımarık" radio edit only)
  • 3:57 (original version)
Songwriter(s)Sezen Aksu, Tarkan
Producer(s)Mehmet Söğütoğlu, Dieter Rubach
Tarkan singles chronology
"Salına Salına Sinsice"
Alternative cover
CD2 single cover
CD2 single cover
"Kiss Kiss"
Single by Stella Soleil
from the album Dirty Little Secret
ReleasedApril 24, 2001
FormatCD single
Length3:01(radio edit)
Songwriter(s)Juliette Jaimes, Sezen Aksu, Tarkan, Steve Welton-Jaimes
Producer(s)Darren Bennett, Steve Welton-Jaimes
Stella Soleil singles chronology
"Kiss Kiss"
"Pretty Young Thing"
"Kiss Kiss"
Kiss kiss - limited edition.jpg
Single by Holly Valance
from the album Footprints
Released29 April 2002
FormatCD single, Cassette single
Songwriter(s)Juliette Jaimes, Sezen Aksu, Tarkan, Steve Welton-Jaimes
Producer(s)Darren Bennett, Steve Welton-Jaimes
Holly Valance singles chronology
"Kiss Kiss"
"Down Boy"
"Kiss Kiss"
Single by DJ R'AN featuring Mohombi and Big Ali
ReleasedSeptember 26, 2016
FormatCD single, downloads
LabelMadison Music
Producer(s)DJ R'AN
Music video
"Kiss Kiss" by DJ R'AN feat. Mohombi and Big Ali [67] on YouTube
Music video
"Kiss Kiss" by Ardian Bujupi and DJ R'AN feat. Mohombi and Big Ali [68] on YouTube

The song

As Tarkan's first major single, the song is generally considered his debut single. He had released three albums before this, but never released a song in single format due to the album-orientated nature of the Turkish music industry. The song has also appeared in soundtracks of various movies, including French film Beau travail and the American film XX/XY. It is generally considered Tarkan's signature song in Europe. Its chorus ends with two characteristic kiss sounds.

Music video

The music video is shot in Marseille, France with narrow streets and cobbled roads, with Tarkan singing and jaywalking. Several females on the streets see him and start following him to try to kiss him, but he tries to avoid them by first changing direction and then later by walking faster. More and more women begin to follow him as the song proceeds, but Tarkan eventually starts running in order to avoid them. A big group of women then run after him and as the song finishes, Tarkan takes cover in a street corner. A young girl is there as well and Tarkan kisses her forehead.

Track listings

  • Şımarık, 1999

  1. Şımarık Malagutti (4:46)

  2. Şımarık Malagutti edit remix (3:17)

  3. Şımarık Malagutti extended remix (7:00)

  4. Şımarık Ned Divine edit remix (3:13)

  5. Şımarık Ned Divine extended remix (5:56)

  6. Şımarık radio edit(3:12)

  7. Şımarık long (original) version (3:55)

  8. Şımarık Orıental (4:05)

  9. Şımarık Zıo dub extended remix (6:11)

  10. Şımarık Zıo dub edit remix

  11. Şımarık Şınan soulful (6:14)

  12. Şımarık Şınan dub

Track lists to this CD single change depending on the country of release, e.g. America and Germany.

There were four promotional LP versions released. A promotional CD single was released in France, with an orange cover. This was the first ever release and included one track. This is now a collector's item. There was also a limited edition (fan-edition) single released in Germany, which came with a poster of Tarkan.

Commercial performance

When the single was released in Europe, it reached No. 1 in Belgium, No. 2 in Norway, plus No. 3 in Switzerland,[2] France, Germany and the Netherlands.[3] Sales went gold in Europe, where Tarkan was presented with his gold disc at Cannes Midem and in Germany by Universal[4] and platinum in Latin America where it knocked Enrique Iglesias off the top slot.


Weekly charts

Chart (1998)Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5]14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[6]1
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[7]10
France (SNEP)[8]3
Germany (Official German Charts)[9]6
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10]3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11]3
Norway (VG-lista)[12]2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13]3

Year-end charts

Chart (1999)Position
Germany (Official German Charts)[14]26

Usage in media

"Şımarık" was featured in films and soap opera including Beau travail, Romané and XX/XY.

"Şımarık" was using with sound effect of Tarkan kiss sounds including in several Chilean television program including: Calle 7, Yingo, En portada, Buenos Días a Todos, Muy buenos días, Mucho gusto, Gente como tú, La mañana de Chilevisión and others.

Stella Soleil version

"Kiss Kiss" is the debut single by American recording artist Stella Soleil. The single is a cover/remake of the Turkish song "Şımarık" by Tarkan. The English version was written by Juliette Jaimes, Sezen Aksu, Tarkan, and Steve Welton-Jaimes. The single was released to mainstream radio in April 2001. The single was also released in regions of Europe, excluding the UK.

Music video

The music video is set on the beach during the late night. The video (directed by Hype Williams) shows Soleil dancing on the sand, while scenes go back and forth from birds eye views of landscape around the beach.

Track listing

  • US promotional single[15]

  1. "Kiss Kiss" (Radio Version)

  • US 12" promotional single[16]

  1. "Kiss Kiss" (main version)

  2. "Kiss Kiss" (instrumental)

  3. "Kiss Kiss" (main version)

  4. "Kiss Kiss" (a cappella)


Chart (2001)Peak
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[17]27

Holly Valance version

"Kiss Kiss" is the debut recording by Australian actress Holly Valance. Her version is a remake of the 2001 song of the same name by Stella Soleil, itself a remake of "Şımarık" by Tarkan. The single was released in April 2002 in Australia and United Kingdom,[18] and shot straight to number one in both countries.

Commercial performance

The single also debuted at number-one in the United Kingdom on 5 May 2002, selling 143,408 copies in its first week.[18][19] The song made its debut on the Australian ARIA Charts, UK Singles Chart and Turkish Singles Chart at number one, it was Valance's first number one single. It went on to spend nine weeks in the ARIA Charts top ten, thirteen weeks in the top twenty and a total of seventeen weeks in the top fifty. In countries like Ireland, Finland, Italy and Taiwan the song went to peak in the top ten. It also reached the Top 20 in Austria, Greece, Sweden, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland and Denmark. It was certified Platinum by the ARIA and Gold by the BPI.

ARIA awards

"Kiss Kiss" was nominated for four ARIA Awards at the 16th ARIA Awards in 2002.

Track listing

Australian CD single
  1. "Kiss Kiss" (Wise Buddha mix) — 3:25

  2. "Kiss Kiss" (Jah Wobble remix) — 5:15

  3. "Kiss Kiss" (Agent Sumo 2) — 7:41

  4. "Kiss Kiss" (Stargate R&B mix) — 3:02

UK CD single
  1. "Kiss Kiss" (Wise Buddha mix) — 3:25

  2. "Kiss Kiss" (Jah Wobble remix) — 5:15

  3. "Kiss Kiss" (Agent Sumo 2) — 7:41

  4. "Kiss Kiss" (Stargate R&B mix) — 3:02

  5. "Kiss Kiss" (music video)

Germany CD single/UK Cassette Single
  1. "Kiss Kiss" (Wise Buddha mix) — 3:25

  2. "Kiss Kiss" (Stargate R&B mix) — 3:02


Other cover versions

Aside from "Kiss Kiss", there were many other covers of "Şımarık" in English and various languages, like a version sung by Hong Kong group E02 in Cantonese and an Egyptian cover version sung by Samy Mansour. Notable covers include:

  • In 1998 Russian singer Filipp Kirkorov re-released "Şımarık" in Russian as Поцелуй (Kiss) from the album Ой, Мама, Шика Дам[41].

  • In 1999, Ukrainian singer Viktor Pavlik (Ukrainian Віктор Павлік) re-released "Şımarık" in Ukrainian as "Rozbeshchenyy" (Ukrainian Розбещений) from the album "Aphiny, Kyiv, Istanbul", ukr. Афіни-Київ-Істанбул".

  • In 2001, Spanish-Moroccan singer Hakim released La Muchacha Turca in Spanish as part of his album Entre dos orillas, but created his own lyrics, in Spain[42].

  • In 2006, South Korean singer Mina covered "Kiss Kiss"[43].

  • 8 feleséggel sok a baj / There are so many problems with 8 wives / (in Hungarian by Irigy Hónaljmirigy[44])

  • La Muchacha Turca / Turkish Girl / (in Spanish, by Paco Ortega/Hakim, 2001[45])

  • La Muchacha Guapa / Pretty Girl / (in Spanish by La Banda Pachuco, 2002[46])

  • Ein Kuss / A Kiss / (in German by Die Schlümpfe, 1999[47])

  • Žene Vole Dijamante / Women Love Diamonds / (in Serbian by Jelena Karleuša, 1998[48])

  • Ekstaza / Ecstasy / (in Serbian by Dado Polumenta, 2005[49])

  • El Bawsi (in Arabic by Rida and Nina Boutros, 1999[50])

  • Booseh Faransavi (in Persian by Mehran)

  • Yeki Na Doutaa (in Persian by Sharareh, 2000[51])

  • Filakia (in Greek by Lefteris Pantazis, 2000[52])

  • Neshika / Kiss / (in Hebrew by Rinat Bar, 1998[53])

  • CHU!CHU!は恋の合言葉 (in Japanese by Kentarō Hayami, 2000[54])

  • Bos (in Dari by Showwkat)

  • Kiss Kiss (in English by Bodyjar, 2002[55])

  • Kiss Kiss (in Cantonese by EO2 and Tiffany Lee, 2002[56])

  • Kiss (Kita Sayang Sayang) (in Indonesian by Lilis Karlina, 2001[57])

  • Chiki Chiki Bam Bam (in Telugu language India by Tippu in Aadi, 2002)

  • Beijo na Boca / Kiss in the Mouth / (in Portuguese by Mr. Jam)

  • Dá-me Um Xoxo / Give me a Kiss / (in Portuguese by Tayti)

  • Selinho na Boca (in Portuguese by Latino and Perlla, 2008[58])

  • Искаш ли близалка? / Do you want a lollipop? / (in Bulgarian by Ruslan Mainov, 1999[59])

  • Дай ми целувка / Give me a kiss / (in Bulgarian by Tonita)

  • Хищница / Predator / (in Bulgarian by Extra Nina)

  • Pusz-pussz (in Hungarian by Pa-Dö-Dő, 2003[60])

  • Kiss-Kiss / TCM-istele / (in Romanian by Vacanța Mare in Cu oltenii la eclipsă show.)

  • Poljubi me / Kiss Me / (in Slovenian by Sandi Selimčič)

  • Të Më Japësh Një Puthje (in Albanian by Shkëlqim Kola)

Samplings and adaptations

Dj R'AN version

  • In 2016, French Dj R'AN (also known as Lucenzo Dj) released an adapted version of the song with new lyrics and added music. The single also titled "Kiss Kiss" and featured vocals by Swedish Mohombi and American Big Ali with additional work by Willy William. A music video was also released.[61] An alternative release of the DJ R'AN version of "Kiss Kiss" was done in 2017 by Kosovar-German singer Ardian Bujupi with Dj R'AN featuring Mohombi and Big Ali.

Other samplings

  • Yosi Piamenta released a version quoting Kol Hamesameach, a Hebrew language passage from the Talmud, but set to the melody of the song "Şımarık"[62].

  • An Israeli 6PM news program on Channel 10 named London et Kirschenbaum (named after the hosts, Yaron London and the program's late host Moti Kirschenbaum) is using a sample of this song in its opening theme.


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