News on White Stripes, Vazquez, Dionne Farris

WhiteThe White Stripes have made an unlikely teaming with Nickelodeon to premiere the video for the group's new single, "My Doorbell." The clip will debut tonight (Aug. 19) at 9 p.m., prior to a new episode of the series "Girls vs. Boys." It is also available for streaming on the Stripes' official Web site.

In the video, Jack and Meg White perform "My Doorbell" before an adoring audience of children at a matinee. One lucky girl contributes to the tune on stand-up bass and at one point switches instruments with Jack, who had been playing piano. The throng chases Jack and Meg to their waiting car at the song's conclusion.

The Stripes will play tonight in Phoenix as part of their North American tour in support of the Third Man/V2 album "Get Behind Me Satan."


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Mario Vazquez, a singer who made headlines earlier this year by dropping out of a finalist slot for the fourth season of "American Idol," has signed with Sony BMG's J Records label. He auditioned for BMG U.S. chairman Clive Davis, who has signed winners and runners-up from the Fox series, after the season ended.

"Mario Vazquez is a multi-talented, young American-born Hispanic singer with the voice and charisma that we've been trying to find for a long time," Davis says. "His live audition for us was truly special."

Vazquez, who cited personal issues as his reason for exiting the "Idol" season that eventually saw Carrie Underwood win in May, is at the beginning stages of recording his debut album. The set is expected out in the spring.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.







DionneDionne Farris is finishing a new studio album, her first in a decade. The as-yet-untitled set is slated for a first-quarter 2006 release through Sanctuary Urban, label president Matthew Knowles tells Billboard.com. He describes the new music as "a lot more R&B but [it] still has a slight alternative edge."

Following her 1995 Columbia solo debut, "Wild Seed -- Wild Flower," Farris has remained largely off the radar in recent years. The album spawned the smash single "I Know," which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 chart, No. 2 on the Adult Contemporary tally and No. 4 on the Hot 100.

The artist is perhaps best known for her contribution to Arrested Development's breakthrough 1992 single "Tennessee," which reached No. 6 on the Hot 100.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.