Teen music sensation Katie Melua is waiting for a $3.6 million (GBP2 million) paycheque - so she can give it straight to her parents.

The CLOSEST THING TO CRAZY singer, 19, is set to make a fortune after her debut album CALL OFF THE SEARCH has topped the British charts for six weeks (begsFEB04).

Melua says, "I want to make sure they're OK.

"I still live with them and I don't have any plans to move out just yet."

Melua spent the early part of life in poverty-stricken Georgia in the former Soviet Republic and has always said material things mean nothing to her.

18/03/2004 02:14