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Wednesday November 25, 2009 2:10 pm

Rihanna’s $500,000 New Year

Rihanna in concert

will earn $500,000 just for perfoming on New Year’s Eve.

The “Umbrella” singer has been asked to sing at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi to help revelers ring in 2010 in what will be her first performance in the Middle East. Rihanna had been due to perform in Dubai earlier this year, which would have been her first show since she was attacked by ex-boyfriend in February.

“She was supposed to perform back in May but she canceled in the aftermath of the assault. This is a make-up date,” a source told the New York Post.

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Rihanna will not be the first star to earn a vast amount of money for a one-off concert. On New Year’s Eve 2006, was paid $2.6 million to perform 13 songs at a party for Russian nickel magnate Vladimir Potanin and a few months later was given around $2.5 million to sing at the 55th birthday party of Sir Philip Green, the owner British fashion chain Topshop.

Last year, it was revealed Amy Winehouse was paid $1.6 million to perform in an old Russian bus garage for Daria ‘Dasha’ Zhukova - the girlfriend of Chelsea Football Club owner, billionaire Roman Abramovich. were also once paid around $7.3 million for playing at the 60th birthday bash of billionaire David Bonderman.

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