Grapevine: News on Springsteen, Florence, Lady Gaga

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Springsteen details ‘River’ box

Bruce Springsteen will re-release his 1980 double album “The River” in a deluxe box set on December 4th, the Boss’ camp has announced. “The Ties That Bind: The River Collection” as a three-CD, four-DVD set which will include a disc of outtakes, 11 previously unreleased outtakes from the album’s sessions, a documentary about the album, a live performance from that album’s tour, a disc of previously released rarities from “The River” era, a book with more than 200 photographs and a vial of water from the actual river that Springsteen wrote the album about (okay, we’re just kidding about that last one). The set will retail for $129.98.

Florence up for Mercury Prize

Florence + the Machine’s “How Big How Blue How Beautiful” is among the dozen albums shortlisted for Britian’s prestigious Mercury Prize, which is like Album of the Year Grammy for cool British artists, it was announced on Friday. Also on the list: Aphex Twin’s “Syro,” Jamie xx’s “In Colour” and Wolf Alice’s “My Love is Cool.” The winner will be named in a ceremony to be held Nov. 20.

Lady Gaga opens up about depression, the internet

Lady Gaga isn’t a fan of the internet. “The Internet is a toilet. It is,” she tells Billboard. “It used to be a fantastic resource — but you have to sort through (expletive) to find the good stuff.” (Following this analogy, Lady Gaga thinks that toilets have fantastic things in them too if you’re willing to wade through them — we’re just going to leave that one alone for now.) Regardless, Gaga thinks that people being constantly tethered to the internet is not good for their well being. “I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life, I still suffer with it every single day,” she says. “I just want these kids to know that that depth that they feel as human beings is normal. We were born that way. This modern thing, where everyone is feeling shallow and less connected? That’s not human.” Gaga can currently be seen starring on the not human “American Horror Story: Hotel.”


Ryan Seacrest is executive producing a new comedy sitcom for CBS called “Squad Goals,” Variety reports, so do with that news what you will.


Today’s birthdays

Norm Macdonald, 52

Eminem, 43

Felicity Jones, 32