Rihanna will allegedly earn $8 million for turning on Christmas lights at a mall

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Rihanna might have a reason to be extra festive during the upcoming holiday season. A London mall is reportedly paying the “Diamonds” singer a whopping $8 million to flip a switch and turn on the shopping center’s Christmas lights.

A source with insider knowledge of Westfield mall in East London revealed to The Sun:

Rihanna’s thrilled. She knows it’s a big deal and is totally up for it – if it fits in with her schedule. Westfield have had a great year due to the Olympics and want to fork out to celebrate.

Myf Ran, marketing manager for Westfield, confirmed that Rihanna has been contacted about doing the event. “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 is also rumored to perform a short concert before the more than 20,000 people that are expected to swamp the shopping center.

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