Berlo sings on, despite album flop

“This is a hobby for him and he is not giving it up. He is a passionate, romantic person. He writes love songs and he’s good at it,” said Mariano Apicella, the Neapolitan crooner who sings the billionaire’s lyrics.

“He exudes passion. Not everyone can do that,” said Apicella, a long-time friend of Berlusconi’s and frequent guest at the 75-year-old’s famously flamboyant dinner parties at luxury villas in Sardinia, Rome and Milan.

Berlusconi started out as a cruise-ship singer and has often boasted of his ability to enthral listeners with his syrupy tones. A long-time fan of Neapolitan songs, he branched out with a daring samba track on his latest disc.

The album — Berlusconi and Apicella’s fourth collaboration — features cringe-worthy lyrics such as: “Stay, and leave me your heart” and “I run my hands down your sides, because it’s you. I adore you and I already miss you.”

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