Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Releases New Album
Silvio Berlusconi, the recently departed Italian Prime Minster, has finally released his new album, True Love.
The album, his fourth with guitarist and former parking attendant Mariano Apicella, was due for release in September but was delayed due to Berlusconi's recent troubles.
The controversial politician had left his post on November 12th after his country was swept up in Europe's debt crisis and his political capital spent. He is also set to go on trial for paying for sex with an alleged underage prostitute.
Berlusconi, who used to sing on cruise ships, is famous (or infamous, depending how you look at it) for singing for his fellow world leaders, including Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin, and George W. Bush, at his villa in Sardinia, the home of his famously flamboyant dinner parties.
Angelo Walsiglio, one of the album's featured musicians, told Italian magazine Viva Verdi that the record is a "really elegant and refined production with Brazilian hints."
Berlusconi's exit came days after the fall of Prime Minister George A. Papandreou in Greece. He was the longest-serving post-war Prime Minster of Italy, and the third longest-serving since Italy's unification.
He is also one of Italy's richest men, with a net worth of roughly US$9 billion and assets covering the fields of television, newspapers, publishing, cinema, finance, banking, insurance, and sport. His main company, Mediaset, is the largest commercial broadcaster in Italy, comprising three national channels and Publitalia, the country's leading advertising and publicity agency. In addition, he owns a controlling stake in Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, the largest Italian publishing house, and Fininvest, one of the largest private companies in Italy that operates in media and finance. He also founded Mediolanum, one of the country's biggest banking and insurance groups, and is owner of the football club A.C. Milan.
Berlusconi has been playing music since he was at university, where he was an upright bass player. He wrote A.C. Milan's anthem with Italian music producer and pop singer Tony Renis and Forza Italia's anthem with opera director Renato Serio. With Mariano Apicella, Berlusconi has released Meglio 'na canzone and L'ultimo amore. A long-time fan of Neapolitan songs, Berlusconi has branched out on his recent album with Brazilian influences and even a samba track.
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