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Berlusconi's love songs album set for release

Singer Apicella denies delay caused by political considerations

15 November, 11:44
Berlusconi's love songs album set for release (ANSA) - Rome, November 15 - An album of Neapolitan love songs written by former premier Silvio Berlusconi is set to come out on November 22 after a two-month delay in its release caused controversy.

The CD, entitled Il Vero Amore (The True Love), features songs written by Berlusconi, a former cruise-ship crooner, and performed by the singer Mariano Apicella.

The fourth album born out of the collaboration between Berlusconi and Apicella was originally meant to come out in September and then October, but was delayed both times.

This led to media speculation that Berlusconi, who resigned as premier on Saturday to make way for an emergency national unity government to face the country's debt crisis, had ordered the released to be delayed because of political considerations.

Apicella denies this.

"It's all nonsense,'' the singer told ANSA. "It (the delay) was purely for technical reasons.

"I have no contact with the world of politics. I'm lucky enough to be Silvio Berlusconi's friend and to collaborate with him.

"But the singer is boss, not the songwriter. I'm making the disc and I decide when it comes out".

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