Pia Toscano’s Posh Pre-Wedding
Former American Idol contestant Pia Toscano isn’t getting married until Jan. 7 in New York, but on Nov. 30 she and her choreographer fiance, Jimmy Smith, held a “West Coast wedding reception” for friends and family at The District by Hannah An in Los Angeles. Smith, who is Jennifer Lopez’s lead choreographer, performed with four fellow hoofers, then slow-danced with his betrothed as America’s Got Talent contestant Ryan Edgar serenaded the couple with Ed Sheeran’s "Thinking Out Loud." Guests included Lopez’s ex-beau Casper Smart.
Cyndi Lauper and Kenny G Talk Christmas & Country Music
Cyndi Lauper was feeling the holiday spirit after performing “Hard Candy Christmas” from her country album Detour at the 85th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Nov. 27. “I love Christmas," Lauper told Billboard. "When I was little, I used to love to go look at the stores' Christmas displays on Fifth Avenue, to make eggnog and just hang together with the people I love. And I always did the Christmas tree." She added: "I have every Christmas album I can get. I love James Brown’s Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag, and Spike Jones [It's a Spike Jones Christmas] and Darlene Love's voice.”
Kenny G, who performed "Let It Snow" at the parade, said he takes a much more low-key approach to the holiday. “I’m always on the road in December," he explained. "I might be home on Christmas Day, but it’s usually just recovering from the road trip and my two boys will hopefully be home. I don’t have a Christmas tree at the house, but I just put presents on top of the piano. It’s very small." The smooth jazz musician said that since he recently joined CTK Management, which is based in Nashville and reps Dolly Parton and Tanya Tucker, he was open to "doing a solo on somebody's country music [record]. It’s going to be cool to see what the new team can come up with for the year," he added.