– Why am I having such
a good time right now? – I wanna like these artists!
It’s just… I can’t. ♪ (punk rock music) ♪ – (FBE) So today we’re
gonna be showing you a series of music videos
from the country of Turkey. – Oh! Okay, interesting. – Do you know any Turkish music?
– No, but now I will. – (FBE) So this is
gonna be Turkish pop. – Turkish pop music? I’m excited! – I don’t think I know
any Turkish pop artists, so this is gonna be
a completely different realm. – I’m ready to go! I’m ready
to listen to some Turkish music. I need to expand.
– (FBE) So I’m gonna do my best to pronounce everyone’s name right. This first song is
by the artist Aleyna Tilki, who was a semifinalist
on Turkey’s version of Got Talent. – She must be good.
– Let’s see what these Turks got. ♪ (electronic pop music) ♪ – I think I’m gonna like this.
– Damn. See? Already a lot more different than what I
would’ve thought it was gonna be. – This isn’t bad. – ♪ (singing in Turkish) ♪ – It kind of has, like… you know,
like Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop,” ’cause there’s things
in the pool, teddy bears. – ♪ (singing in Turkish) ♪ – I like it. – Oh yeah! It’s good. Yup,
it sounds like some American stuff. – This still looks
pretty Americanized. – Mm. Not feeling this one. – Ooh! Yes. Ooh! Yes.
(laughs) I love this! – See? The pretty girl’s
got the guy backup dancers. I see her. I see her! – See, a lot of those
dance moves already you can kind of see
the Eastern influence. – Yeah, that ♪ Doo-doo
doo-doo doo-doo-doo ♪ That sounds like… I don’t know,
that sounds Eastern, though. – This just seems like good fun. – I’m already hooked
on Turkish pop music, and I haven’t really
listened to it yet. – ♪ (singing in Turkish) ♪
– I wish I knew what she was sayin’. – (gasps) That was dramatic. This is really cool, though.
If all the other artists are gonna be like this,
I’m super into this already. – This doesn’t feel Turkish. Or maybe it is Turkish,
but I wouldn’t know. – I just feel like it sounds
very electronic, and just… electronic music
really isn’t for me. – We have kind of, like,
the similar beats, just like the very
similar poppy beat. The music video style is
very similar to what we have. So there really isn’t
much of a difference. – (FBE) The next music video
is from the artist TARKAN, who has been around
for a while, but is kind of like the Elvis of Turkey. – Oh! Dang. Being called
the Elvis of Turkey, that’s a big title. Let’s see
if he’s the Elvis of Turkey. – ♪ (singing in Turkish) ♪
– Yeah, already he looks like an instant badass. Look at him. – Definitely doesn’t
sound like Elvis. (chuckles) – This reminds me of kpop
and I don’t know why! (laughs) – Mm. – I’m not sure if I like this one
as much as the last one. – Wow, I feel like such a hater, but I just don’t like
the visuals in this either. – So like– see, we have
music videos like this too, where it has a color scheme,
and then it’s, like, the dancers. – I can totally get down
to this. Oh my god. – ♪ (singing in Turkish) ♪ – That was trippy. – This is like club music,
and I still really like it. – (imitates beat) Yeah,
some club stuff. – This music video is so intense. – ♪ (singing in Turkish) ♪ – That got hot
and steamy real quick. – Whoa. Hey! PG. – A scene that you have
in every music video, The boy and girl getting
touchy-touch together. – Okay, this is a bop.
I’m into this. – (gasps) The wardrobe changes! Oh my god, everything
about this is hypnotizing. – I like it. It has a little bit
of a dubstep vibe to it. – I’m so obsessed. I know a lot
of people have their genre of music. I think Turkish pop
might be my thing. – The song was cool.
The music video was so intense, it almost came off
a little cheesy to me. – The song was actually really,
really pumpy and energetic. It just– it made you–
I can kind of guess why he was doing this little thing.
It makes you wanna do that. – (FBE) So the next song
is the latest single by Hadise, who represented Turkey in
the 2009 Eurivision Song Contest, and placed fourth.
– Oh, dang! I’ve heard of Eurovision too, and it’s a lot of
competing European countries, so the fact that they
placed fourth is awesome. – ♪ (singing in Turkish) ♪ – Wow. Instant
High School Musical feel. – Ooh. I like this one.
This one’s my favorite. – See, now this is more fun.
This has a nice beat. – ♪ (singing in Turkish) ♪ – This is cool.
I like Turkish pop. – This song has a lot of sass to it. I could see how a lot
of people like this. – Why am I having such
a good time right now? I love these. – ♪ (singing in Turkish) ♪ – Dang, I wanna sing along so bad,
but I don’t know any of the lyrics. – You hear that mix
of Eastern and Western music. – Oh my god. Me and my girls,
like what? Goals, right here. – Yeah, see the choreographing
that they have is really cool. – Can we talk about how good
their music videos look too? – Yeah. That’s totally something
that could be huge here. – I didn’t think I would
like any of these. I don’t know. I thought
they would be so out of my taste, but after that ended, I was like,
wait? That’s it? I want more! – I would totally play
all of these in the car. Give me the aux chord!
I will play all of this. – (FBE) So the next song
is by the artist Emrah Karaduman featuring Aleyna Tilki, who was
the artist from the first video. – Okay. Collabs, cool.
– (FBE) This one is one of the most popular
Turkish pop songs and it has over 300 million
views on YouTube. – 300 million. Oh my god. I liked the artist
from the first video, so I’m excited to see this one.
– ♪ (singing in Turkish) ♪ – She’s slaying out here.
She looks great. – She’s so pretty.
– Okay, I can’t just keep it in. She’s really pretty. – I don’t know, man.
It’s hard. It’s hard! Believe me, I wanna
like these artists! It’s just… I can’t. – These music videos
all look so cool. – This is nice.
– I love the beat to this one. – It’s, like, I wanna dance
to this. (laughs) This is fun. – There’s just something
about that language barrier that’s just making me
not be able to appreciate music. – No, that was nice.
That was catchy. – I don’t understand it
and I would still listen to it. – It’s just one of those songs
where you don’t really need to know what’s going on to like it. – They have really vibey
and almost tribal kind of percussion in there.
As a drummer, I’m always listening to what’s the rhythm like
in this song and how intricate are they getting, and the beat
underneath the song. – (FBE) The last video is
by the artist Gulsen Bayraktar, which I probably pronounced wrong. Big apologies to
anyone in the comments. But who has released
10 studio albums going all the way back to 1995
and is even well-known for writing other popular songs
for other artists. – Dang. ’95 and still going strong?
Okay, that’s, like, major props. – Even if I don’t like your music, or a lot of people
don’t like your music, you still have to respect the fact
that she’s still making music for a bunch of different people,
which shows her talent. – ♪ (singing in Turkish) ♪
– Ooh. (gasps) Yes! – I’m digging the fashion
in this. This is fun. – This is nice. – Personally, I know
that I love this artist just because you talked about how
she writes for other artists too, so you can tell that
she writes her own music. – I like the visuals! I really do.
They’re awesome. I love the colors. They’re vibrant. They’re different.
You don’t see that nowadays. – ♪ (singing in Turkish) ♪ – I like her voice.
– Yeah, all the dancing in all these videos,
you can kind of… It’s a lot different
than what you see here. – This might be my favorite. I think you might’ve
saved the best for last. – Still just don’t get it.
With the songs you showed me, some are good, and some
just didn’t click. – I feel like I was expecting it
to be a lot different from us, but it wasn’t,
so I was very surprised. – It seems like the kind of music
that would get stuck in your head. – Looks like I found
a new genre to listen to… – Yeah, it’s just cool.
– …Turkish pop. Who would’ve thought? Honestly.
– Turkish pop is… They have a bunch of bangers.
Not gonna lie, you know? They’d probably beat out some
of the American artists that make pop here.
– I need a minute. I think that might’ve
just changed me a little bit. All of these were consistently
so good. I seriously think Turkish pop might be a thing
that I look into more. – So many of these videos
become massive with hundreds of millions of views
on some of these songs, and a lot of the comments
are all in Turkish. So success is not necessarily
going viral in the West versus just having a huge fanbase
like any artist would. So what are your
thoughts around that? – It’s pretty good.
You can probably have some couple from America
liking it, but not commenting, ’cause they won’t understand. – It’s in Turkish.
They speak Turkish. It would make sense that
it goes viral in Turkey. YouTube is so much more
than what we think it is, because these are all getting
massive hits on YouTube. I’ve never seen them.
– You have to start somewhere, right? And it
eventually gets really big. Like, Kpop was super small
until Gangnam Style came around, and it suddenly– it blew up,
and then everyone knows it now. It could be the same with this.
– Absolutely there’s gonna be, you know, your main,
your core audience. But the fact that that core audience
from your country or your area can back you up that big is insane.
– Ultimately, at the end of the day, that’s not what matters.
What matters is that you’re important to the people
that care about you. And who’s gonna care about you
more than your countrymen? That’s all that you could really
ask for at the end of the day, just the loyalty of your fans.
– Usually, when something “goes viral,” it’s worldwide.
It’s crazy that something could go viral and you never
have even heard of it. – Without this experience right now, I probably wouldn’t
have been exposed to this. – (FBE) So finally, many have stated
that the thing that really sets a lot of Turkish pop music apart
from others is the mix of both westernized
and American pop sounds with their more traditional
Eastern-sounding music. So what do you think about them
combining the two in this way? – To be honest, I feel like
that’s what kind of set it back. A lot of the times, artists
get distracted with the idea of trying to be
accepted by everybody. With the electronic sounds,
I just feel like it was trying too hard to be relatable
to too big of an audience. – I think that’s dope.
I think it’s just gonna evolve more. It’s gonna be its own thing.
– There are always gonna be those that are gonna say you should
keep the two cultures separate, you’re white-washing
certain elements of the Turkish culture
by doing stuff like this, you know? But in actuality, I think
it’s a good thing, you know? Instead of separating two cultures,
you’re bringing them together. – I definitely support it,
and I can totally hear it being mixed with American pop today just because we’re already
doing that with other countries, so it doesn’t seem like
such a crazy idea to me. – It’s made this beautiful thing
with Turkish pop that I just want it to thrive.
Listen to Turkish pop! I feel so enlightened, and I
feel like you all should too. Look into more of these artists, ’cause I know damn well
I will be too. – Thanks a ton for watching
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