It’s True Love, from Silvio Berlusconi
Former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi is reviving his musical career, just a week out of office, with a new CD titled True Love.
The billionaire media mogul and three-time Italian prime minister released the CD with longtime musical collaborator Mariano Apicella, a Neapolitan guitarist and singer, on Tuesday.
Berlusconi — a one-time cruise ship crooner — doesn’t sing on True Love, but co-wrote all 11 songs.
The album features love songs and jazz arrangements. It is the fourth CD that Berlusconi and Apicella, a Neapolitan guitarist and singer, have recorded together.
It’s too early to say how sales are going.
“I think that with his great experience he will be able to write very good love songs,” said Maria Grazia Merilli, a tourist from Florence near a store in Rome where the CD was on sale. But she still wasn’t a likely customer.
“No, absolutely not, I would never buy it.”
Another passerby was less appreciative of Berlusconi’s musical gifts.
“I don’t like him either as a politician or as a songwriter. He is disgusting,” said Maria Rossi.
Berlusconi resigned Nov. 12 after failing to come up with economic reforms that could persuade markets and European partners that Italy could escape the Continent’s debt crisis.
The twice-married ex-leader has often boasted of his prowess with women. Parties at his residences attended by attractive young women have landed in him trouble with prosecutors, who have charged him with allegedly having paid for sex with an underage Moroccan teen and using his influence to cover it up.
The trial is underway in Milan.
Source: CBC News