A Tribe Called Quest principal Ali Shaheed Muhammad's Garden Seeker Productions has signed a new deal with Penalty Recordings and Ryko Distribution. Muhammad's solo debut, "Shaheedullah and Stereotypes," will arrive Oct. 12, to be followed later this year or in the first quarter of 2005 by releases from Chip Fu, Kay and Sy Smith.
Producer/artist Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has spearheaded an all-star cover of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody" in hopes it will inspire youths to vote in the upcoming presidential election.
Fans are still clamoring for the musings of MTV newest reality star. Ashlee Simpson's Geffen debut "Autobiography" reclaims the top spot on The Billboard 200 this week on a 5% U.S. sales increase to 286,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Sales of the set jumped in the wake of the season finale of "The Ashlee Simpson Show."