Kenan Doğulu

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Kenan Doğulu
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Kenan Doğulu in concert, 2013
Born Kenan Cihan Doğulu
(1974-05-31) 31 May 1974 (age 44)
İstanbul, Turkey
Residence Istanbul, Turkey – Los Angeles, U.S.
Nationality  Turkey
Occupation Singer-songwriter
record producer
Spouse(s) Beren Saat (m. 2014)
Musical career
Genres Pop, pop rock, dance-pop, R&B, jazz, acoustic music
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums, keyboard, bass, piano, flute, saxophone
Years active 1993–present
Labels Dogulu Production
Associated acts Sezen Aksu, Ozan Doğulu, Ajda Pekkan, Sıla, Radio Killer

Kenan Doğulu (Turkish pronunciation: [ceˈnan doːuˈɫu]) (born on 31 May 1974 in Cihangir, Beyoğlu, Istanbul) is a Turkish pop musician. He represented Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki, where he was placed fourth, with 163 points.

Early years

He is second son of Yurdaer Doğulu (1941–87). His father was also a musician and released four LPs and 30 45rpms. At the early age of five, he enrolled into the piano class of the School of Music with the highest scores. Having completed six years of education in the piano class, he started flute classes from Erkan Alpay, his instructor, and continued with guitar classes from Erdem Sökmen with the establishment of the class. In the mean time he continued his education in drama and rhythmic instruments, and he carried on singing as a soloist in the children's chorus. Later, he successfully graduated from Kültür Koleji and completed the Communications certificate program at Hesser College.


His first album, Yaparım Bilirsin was released in August 1993. 93 concerts held that year was a considerable achievement in Turkey. His second album Sımsıkı Sıkı Sıkı was released in December 1994 and achieved an unbelievable success with 175 live performances of the singer that year. The album Kenan Doğulu 3 which was launched in the music shops in August 1996 achieved great appreciation of his fans.

Keeping silent for two years, he fulfilled the expectations of his fans with his album Ex Aşkım which became a hit in 2001.In 2002, Kenan Doğulu 5.5, the unplugged version of Ex Aşkım was released and it reached mass audiences gaining as much appreciation as Ex Aşkım. He addressed his fans again in 2003 with a brand new album Demedi Deme. In the summer of 2006, Doğulu released the album Festival, containing the hit single Çakkıdı,[1] in collaboration with Sezen Aksu.


Kenan Doğulu in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007

He represented Turkey at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki with Shake It Up Şekerim. Owing to his third position in the semi-final, he passed to the final where he placed fourth with 163 points.

Personal life

Kenan Doğulu began dating Beren Saat in February 2012.[2] Doğulu and Saat became engaged on 23 February 2014 in Istanbul[3] and were married on 29 July 2014 in a private Nikah ceremony in Los Angeles, USA.[4]

Group members

Kenan Dogulu and his team members, 2014 İstanbul Concert
  • Kenan Doğulu (Lead vocal)
  • Ozan Dogulu (Keyboards)
  • Tahsin Endersoy (Electronic guitar)
  • Hami Barutçu (Bass guitar)
  • Tarik Sezer (Keyboards)
  • Murat Yeter (Drums)
  • Aydin Karabulut (Percussion)
  • Murat Cekem (Guitar, Back Vocal)
  • Toygun Sözen (Saxophone, Back Vocal)
  • Duygu Soylu (Back Vocal)
  • Sinem Yalçınkaya (Back Vocal)


Studio albums

Year Title English Translation Sales
1993 Yaparım Bilirsin (You Know I'll Do It)
1995 Sımsıkı Sıkı Sıkı (Tight, Very Tight)
1996 Kenan Doğulu 3 (Kenan Doğulu 3)
1997 Kenan Doğulu 3,5 (Kenan Doğulu 3,5)
1999 Ben Senin Her Şeyinim (I am Your Everything)
2001 Ex-Aşkım (My Ex-Lover)
2002 Kenan Doğulu 5,5 (Kenan Doğulu 5,5)
2003 Demedi Deme (Don't Tell Me I Didn't Tell You) Turkey: 300,000
2004 Kenan Doğulu 6,5 (Kenan Doğulu 6,5)
2006 Festival (Festival) Turkey: 270.931
2007 Kenan Doğulu 7,5 (Kenan Doğulu 7,5)
2009 Patron (Boss)
2012 Aşka Türlü Şeyler (Aşka Türlü Şeyler)

Remix albums

Year Title Sales
1996 Kenan Doğulu 3.5
2002 Kenan Doğulu 5.5
2004 Kenan Doğulu 6.5 Turkey: 45,000
2007 Kenan Doğulu 7.5

Compilation albums

Year Title Sales
2009 The King of Turkish Pop


Year Title English Translation
1999 Gençlik Marşı (March of Youth)
2007 Shake It Up Şekerim – Promo Kit (Shake it up, sweetheart)
2007 ...Dan Sonra (feat Sıla)
2008 Hayal Kahramanım (For Turkcell Subscribers – Not For Sale) (My Imagine Hero)
2011 Şans Meleğim (Chance my angel)
2013 Kız Sana Hayran (Girl Admire You)


Year Award Category
2004 2. Mü-Yap Music Awards Diamond Album (Demedi Deme)
2005 International Webmaster and Designers Union Golden Webmaster Award (
2007 5. Mü-Yap Music Awards Platinum Album (Festival)
2007 Powertürk TV 2007 Music Awards Best Song of the Year (Baş Harfi Ben)
2007 Powerturk TV 2007 Music Awards Best Male Artist of the Year
2007 Powerturk TV 2007 Music Awards Turkcell_im Song of the year (Çakkıdı)
2007 MGD 14. Gold Objective Awards Music Success Award
2008 Powerturk TV 2008 Music Awards The Best Artist Website
2008 6. Mü-Yap Music Awards Digital Award (Çakkıdı)
2009 Istanbul Technical University Best of the Year Awards (Best Male Voice Artist)
2009 Galatasaray University 4. Best Awards (Best Pop Male Artist)
2010 Yıldız Technical University Stars of the Year Awards (Most Admired Male Singer)
2010 İstanbul Technical University 17. İTÜ EMÖS Success Awards (The Most Successful Male Artist of the Year)
2012 9. Radio Boğaziçi Music Awards Best Male Pop Music Artist
2012 9. Radio Boğaziçi Music Awards Best Film Music – Güle Güle (Anadolu Kartalları)
2012 5. Lion Max Awards The Best Loved Male Singer
2013 Yeditepe University Wish Awards – Best Album (Aşka Türlü Şeyler)
2013 Lions Success Awards Best Pop Male Artist of the Year
2013 İstanbul University The Most Successful Male Singer of the Year
2013 Kuşadası Gold Dove Barış Manço Honor Award
2013 Altıyol Lions Club Melvin Jones Award
2014 3. Fashion TV Fashion Awards Best Dressed Pop Music Male Artist
2014 Galatasaray University 8. Best Awards (Best Pop Male Artist)


  • 2006: "FANTA" Youth Festival
  • 2007: "GNCTRKCLL" 40 Partileri Tour
  • 2009: "FANTA" Youth Festival
  • 2010: "GNCTRKCLL"Kenan Dogulu Tour
  • 2013: "FANTA" Youth Festival


  1. Ceminay, Cem (22 July 2006). "Yaza damga vuranlar". Sabah (in Turkish). Retrieved 2008-07-26. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Kenan Doğulu and Beren Saat, imaged for the first time". 10 March 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Kenan Dogulu and Beren Saat got engaged". Hürriyet. 24 February 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Kenan Doğulu and Beren Saat married". Hürriyet. 30 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sibel Tüzün
with "Süper Star"
Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Mor ve Ötesi
with "Deli"