Rihanna to earn £5m for pushing a button

That's the star's reported pay packet for turning on Christmas lights at a London shopping centre

Rihanna will earn a reported £5m to switch on the Christmas lights at London’s Westfield shopping centre.

The ‘We Found Love’ star has reportedly been offered the huge sum to flick the switch and illuminate the shopping complex in Stratford, east London next month. The shopping centre is located near to the Olympic stadium and Westfield are keen to celebrate a huge year for the area.

It is believed that organisers picked Rihanna over The Spice Girls with a source telling The Sun: “Westfield have had a great year due to the Olympics and want to fork out to celebrate. Even though the final contract is still being thrashed out, they’re prepared to pay up to £5million for her. Organisers are expecting around 20,000 people to swamp the park. The Spice Girls were also discussed but Rihanna came out as the artist of choice.”

The source adding: “Rihanna’s thrilled she has been asked again. She knows it’s a big deal and is totally up for it – if it fits in with her schedule.”

Myf Ryan, Westfield’s marketing manager, confirmed the approach, saying: “The Christmas light switch-on at Westfield Stratford City is one of the highlights of the festive calendar. This year we want to thank our loyal shoppers by giving them something they’ll never forget.”

Rihanna last turned on the Christmas lights in London at the west London branch of Westfield in 2010. Justin Bieber did the duties last year.