*Rihanna is set to perform a private concert in Barbados on New Year’s Eve, reports the Daily Star newspaper.

The singer – who was born on the Caribbean island – will headline the VIP bash for the UK’s Global Radio head Ashley Talbot at the luxurious Sandy Lane hotel. “The X Factor’s” Simon Cowell is expected to attend.

A source told the Daily Star: “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.”