Silvio Berlusconi
Silvio Berlusconi, a 75-year-old billionaire media baron and Italy's longest-serving post-war prime minister, finally left office as the country struggled to stave off going through economic meltdown by voting in a package of urgently-needed economic reforms.The colourful and controversial politician, who was a member of the conservative PDL party, enjoyed entertaining and his tumultuous 17-year term in office was marred by throwing a few parties of his own. Prior to his resignation, he became infamous for his "Bunga Bunga" parties, during which he was accused of paying for sex with underage prostitutes.

Silvio Berlusconi, a former cruise ship crooner, spent two years writing the lyrics for the album "Vero Amore", or "True Love," released Tuesday.

Song titles include "Stay With Me," "If You Were Not You" and "until the End of the World."

"I run my hands down your side, because it's you. I adore you and I already miss you," is just a selection of the lyrics from the album.

The media mogul and business tycoon does not sing himself on the CD, which features instead the voice of his long-time musical partner Mariano Apicella.

The irony of a collection of love songs being produced by such a notorious womaniser and misogynist can hardly be lost on the Italian public.

"I don't like him either as a politician nor as a songwriter. He is disgusting," said Maria Rossi, a passerby near the Rome store where the CD was on sale.

Berlusconi resigned from his third term as Prime Minister of Italy on Nov. 12, and was booed leaving the presidential palace by a crowd gathered outside. The billionaire businessman who previously boasted that he was prime Minister in his "spare time" is currently facing trial for (among other charges) allegedly paying for sex with an underage prostitute. His seemingly unquenchable lust for young beautiful women and "bunga bunga" recently led to him being named in a U.S. State Departmenr report on human trafficking.

"Personally, I wouldn't buy it. But I think it's a great way for him to re-invent himself, so I appreciate his originality," an Italian shopper told Euronews.

It is too early to say how sales are faring.