Berlo puts musical career on hold
Berlusconi is known for his love of song, regularly serenading his parade of starlets invited to his 'bunga-bunga' parties.
He had been expected to release an album of 11 songs, entitled True Love, in September.
The soppy Neopolitan tunes were written by Berlusconi, a 75-year-old billionaire, and sung by Mariano Apicella, a Naples-based singer who has become the prime minister's de facto personal minstrel.
Berlusconi seems to have put the brakes on the launch of the sentimental strains out of deference at a time when millions of hard-pressed Italians are feeling anything but sentimental towards him.
One of the songs was inspired by the Zorba the Greek-style sirtaki dance -- ironic, since Italians fear that their economy is about to be swept up in the sort of financial meltdown that has brought Greece to its knees.