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Star sings for Moscow billionaire
George Michael
George Michael has just completed the British leg of his tour
Singer 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 morning.

The host is believed to have turned his sports hall into a nightclub especially for the party.

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.

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