• Columbia’s Steve Barnett could jump ship from Sony to Universal, according to the New York Times. He is currently one of two chairmen of Sony’s Columbia and could be named chairman of Universal’s Capitol Records Group, heading EMI’s US labels, including Capitol, Virgin and Blue Note.
• Independent feature film The Identical started production in Nashville last week. Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green, and Joe Pantoliano star in the drama, which is the first movie from local outfit City of Peace Films. Nashvillian Dustin Marcellino is directing. His father, Yochanan Marcellino and grandfather, record producer Jerry Marcellino (Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson) are producing original music for the story which follows a musical family from the 1950s to 1970s. Nashvillian Howie Klausner (Space Cowboys) wrote the screenplay. Locations have included the Grand Ole Opry House and War Memorial Auditorium. The Identical is slated for fall 2013 release. More from Variety.
• Late Nashville resident Donna Summer is among the nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. Also on the list are The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, The Meters, Randy Newman, N.W.A., Procol Harum, Public Enemy, and Rush. Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 600 artists, historians and members of the music industry. The 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Thurs., April 18, 2013. The show will be broadcast on HBO at a later date. More here.
• The Wall Street Journal offers an “Insider’s Guide to Nashville” featuring the favorite spots of Lee Ann Womack, Manuel, Eddie George and Margot McCormack.
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