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Euro Crisis Delays Berlusconi’s Album Release

Ian Waldie/Getty Images(ROME) -- A casualty of the European debt crisis is the release date of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s new album of love songs.

The album, the fourth by the former cruise ship singer, was due for release in September, but is now scheduled for as late as Nov. 22 due to the country’s massive debt problems and his own legal issues, according to the Italian newspaper La Stampa.

The album, True Love, with words by Berlusconi and music by guitarist Mariano Apicella, even had a launch party planned in Milan, reported the Guardian.

The Italian prime minister reportedly sang at Bar Kontiki on the island of Elba in the 1950s and 1960s while he was studying law. Berlusconi, who has said he will not run for re-election in 2013, was even offered his old job again.

The CD’s release came as a European deal to decrease Greek’s debt, which could avoid a financial meltdown on the continent, threatens to unravel.

A billionaire mostly from his media empire, Berlusconi is serving his third and most tempestuous term as prime minister. He survived a vote of no-confidence on Oct. 14, and is facing two criminal investigations.

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