George Michael has been paid a reported £1.5m for an hour's
concert at a Russian billionaire's New Year party.
The unnamed businessman
paid for Michael to entertain his 300 guests on his private
estate 20 miles outside Moscow, the star's spokeswoman said.
The fee is believed to
have set a record for a concert in Russia.
Michael and his entourage
were flown in on a private jet and despite being reported to
have had "fun" he was back in his London home by
The host is believed to
have turned his sports hall into a nightclub especially for the
Michael, 43, has just
finished the British leg of his Twentyfive tour which included a
free concert for nurses in London.
Other stars who have
picked up big cheques include Christina Aguilera, reportedly
paid £1m for performing three songs at the wedding of Russian
oligarch Andrei Melnichenko in September 2005.