Apicella helping Italian prime minister with album

Silvio Berlusconi has a major musical itch to scratch.

The Italian prime minister, media mogul and former cruise ship crooner is penning lyrics for a CD of Neapolitan love songs, with hopes for a Christmas release.

Berlusconi and Mariano Apicella, a former wedding and lounge singer/guitarist with whom Berlusconi has made several previous CDs, are laying down 14 new tracks.

A previous album, titled “Meglio Una Canzone” (Better a Song) and released by Universal Music, made the top 50 in Italy.

One thing that can be said for Berlusconi as a songwriter is he steers clear of politics. His tunes have lines like: “I feel that life is bent on dividing us. And I am frightened of being left without you. I know perhaps you’ll make me suffer. But I’ll not let you go. Even if I have to fight, I’ll love you to the end.”

Apicella says this time around one of the tracks is likely become the theme song for a soap on one of Berlusconi’s Mediaset networks.

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