Rihanna is to perform a private gig in Barbados on New Year’s Eve , where the audience will include music mogul Simon Cowell.
The ‘We Found Love’ singer – who hails from the Caribbean island – will headline the VIP bash for the UK’s Global Radio boss Ashley Talbot at the luxurious Sandy Lane hotel, and music mogul Simon Cowell is expected to be in attendance.
A source told the Daily Star newspaper: “The government paid Rihanna £1.25 million to perform at Barbados Carnival in August as she is obviously their biggest export.
“Everyone is very excited to hear that she’ll be back again so soon and plenty of the islanders are hoping to catch a glimpse of her in town, even if they can’t get into the party.”
It is not known what fee the ‘Umbrella’ hitmaker will collect for performing at the party, or how long her set will be.
Despite now living in the US, Rihanna says Barbados will always have a place in her heart and was thrilled when she was named a tourism ambassador for the country earlier this year.
She said: “Barbados is a place like no other and one of the reasons for this is the spirit and national pride of our people. I want each and every visitor to this beautiful island to experience what makes this destination different from all others and that is the spirit and warmth of my fellow Barbadians.”

Beyonce Knowles – Beyonce Knowles Sued By Gaming Company

Computer game developer Gate Five is suing Beyonce Knowles for $100 million after she walked away from a motion dance project last year.
Beyonce Knowles is being sued for $100 million for “abandoning” a dance game project.
The 30-year-old star – who is currently pregnant with her first child – had her request to dismiss the lawsuit by company Gate Five dismissed by Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Charles Ramos, which claims she walked away from a deal to create motion-sensor dance video game ‘Starpower: Beyonce’.
Gate Five claim her abrupt leaving of the project meant they lost an initial $7 million investment, causing them to miss out on $100 million worth of profits and casing 70 people to be made redundant a week before Christmas 2010.
However, the ‘Love on Top’ hitmaker’s lawyers claimed she had the right to pull out after the company was unable to fulfil contractual obligations to obtain $5 million.
Judge Ramos made the decision to reject Beyonce’s team’s request without any explanation, meaning she is liable for a deposition.
Gate Five is seeking damages for the cost of the project and are hoping to get an injunction which would mean she is unable to work on any future computer games.