Berlusconi breaks into song with new disc

How does Italian media mogul turned Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi spend his spare time — mulling future power plays with Rupe? Talking politics with George and Tony?

Nah, Italy’s richest man writes syrupy lyrics for Neapolitan love songs.

And now Berlusconi, who started his working life as a cruise ship crooner, is inviting folks to sing along with Silvio.

He penned the words on half of the 14 pieces on a new CD “Meglio una canzone” (Better a Song), which went on sale Oct. 31. Fans can thrill to lines like “Without you my day is empty and my night is sad,” and “Never leave me alone, stay here with me. Don’t leave me alone, I need you.”

The songs are sung by Mariano Apicella, a wedding singer/guitarist Berlusconi met in a hotel bar in Naples in 2001. The pair wrote about 30 songs during the summer at the premier’s residence in Sardinia.

The CD cover shows a couple holding hands, silhouetted against the sun. A signed picture of the Italo leader is included inside.

Berlusconi’s office had no comment on the album, which launched at a Milan jazz club Oct. 29.

“We are putting out a large number of CDs,” says Alessandra Zago, a spokeswoman for Universal Music. “It’s a debut album but let’s just say we have high hopes.”

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