Pop hunk Will Young has allegedly spent a staggering $19,000 (GBP10,000) to hire VIRGIN boss SIR Richard Branson's lavish Moroccan villa for his star-studded New Year's Eve party tonight (31DEC04).

The LEAVE RIGHT NOW singer allegedly asked Branson to allow him and 20 friends exclusive use of the new $380 (GBP200)-a-night venue in the Atlas mountains before it opens to the public, reports British newspaper the DAILY RECORD.

An insider explains, "Will had the idea for a special New Year bash quite a while ago.

"He has spent a lot of time looking for the right place where he will be able to relax and party with a group of friends."

"He has decided to take the whole of January off to recharge his batteries and share some of his success with a group of his closest pals."

31/12/2004 12:29