Berlo puts musical career on hold

Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi, has reportedly delayed the release of his latest CD of cheesy love ballads to focus on the political and economic crisis engulfing his country.

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.

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