It has been just over a week since he stopped being prime minister of Italy, and maybe Silvio Berlusconi is longing for the days before he became a politician.
A CD containing twelve songs co-written by him has hit record store shelves – his fourth release – but this time without his name on the cover.
Marina Marra, a customer at music shop in Rome, said she was not impressed by the album: “Personally, I wouldn’t buy it. I think it is a great way for him to reinvent himself, so I appreciate his originality, but I wouldn’t buy it.”
Another shopper, Dario Giamsci, said people were no longer surprised by Berlusconi: “We are used to Berlusconi doing so many things and the CD is just one more,” he said.
Though Berlusconi played bass and sang on a cruise ship in his youth, he has only written the lyrics for the CD. The music and vocals are by his favourite singer, Mariano Apicella.
Berlusconi may have bigger worries than sales figures now he is no longer in office and can not delay prosecution.
He is facing a series of trials with accusations including fraud, bribery and paying underage girls for sex.