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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Design artwork for The Cure

Update (02-14): @Secret7s - "News from - all winners have now been notified. Once again thank you ALL for taking the time to submit a design! Do check your junk mail boxes. Some high security has been hiding the good news from some of you!"

Update (02-07):
Secret 7" now has a website. Also, the 45 winners will be contacted over the next week. Good luck to everyone! You are being asked to keep it a secret if you're a winner, so please go along with the spirit of the competition and exhibit.

Update: Artwork submitted by Aaron, Kelly, Loren, Marsworld, Pipperoo, Daria, Chris, Erin, Yannick -G, Paul, Lucy, John, Lauren, Joanna, Natalie, Joshua, Sahar, Steph, Heron, Suzanne, Ryan, Vicky, Martin, Leslie, Tim, Marina, Katie, Patrick, Fernando, Darrell, Jordan, Michelle, Natalie, Sian, Chris, Marion, Hannah, Brad, Jerome, Docteur Zaius, Qiong, Oscar, Estefany, Eric, Tom, Veronica, Suzie, Maria, Jodi, Vicky, Jess, Filthypit, Julien, Sol, Bela, Peter, Ville, James, Edgar, Danielle, Lara, Morena, Mark, Hannah, Vicky, Julie, Guillaume, An, Zack, Lucia, Sarah, Alan, Mirva, Eleonora, Christine, Pierre, Justine, Brenda, Yatou, Fabien, Nicole, Matthew, Rob, Danielle, Melissa, Peter, Stephanie, Bryce.

View all artwork submitted here. (Thanks @CureyKelBel)

From Talenthouse: Secret 7" is an exciting project combining music and art in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. Seven bands and recording artists are inviting creatives to design the artwork for a seven inch vinyl sleeve inspired by one of their songs. The project will culminate in 700 unique vinyl sleeves displayed in Idea Generation Gallery in London in the week leading up to Record Store Day 2012. On that day, each of the vinyls at the gallery will be available to purchase with all of the profits going to Teenage Cancer Trust.

In this challenge, The Cure have selected the track 'Friday I’m In Love’ and are inviting creatives to interpret the song, however they please, via an original piece of seven inch artwork. This is an incredible opportunity for aspiring artists and designers to collaborate with one of the world's most loved bands, to have their artwork seen by millions, be exhibited alongside established artists and in the process, raise valuable funds for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Submit by: January 19, 2012
Vote: January 20, 2012 - January 26, 2012
Winner(s) Announced: February 7, 2012
Follow @Secret7s on Twitter for more info.
(Thanks Aaron)

159 comments:

  1. Bring it on! Now, I just need to think of a good idea... I'm already all fluttery and nervous!

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  2. Wait.. can anybody shed some light as to wether this is for UK residents only? I don't see anything in the rules/conditions on the site..

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  3. Terms and conditions are on page two :

    http://blog.talenthouse.com/terms-of-service/?lang=en

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  4. This is weird because I actually have a visual idea for a 7" cover for "Halo" that has been stuck in my head for years and I need a graphic designer to help me bring it to life.

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  5. ChristianZ - you have my attention.. If you have a facebook account, PM me (Tim Sorensen) and attach a jpeg of your design if you have one or give me an overview of your concept and we'll see where it goes from there.. Maybe include your email address in the FB PM too..

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  6. Thanks, Tim. That'd be great if you could help me finish this. I did a search on Facebook and only one "Tim (not Timothy) Sorensen" came up, but I would guess it wasn't you. Then again I could be wrong. My last name is Ziebarth and you can currently identify me at Facebook by my profile pic showing me dressed as The Phantom of the Opera. You can also just e-mail me at ChristianZ@netscape.net. Either way.

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  7. I still believe that this t-shirt is THE BEST depiction of Friday I'm In Love.... EVA!!! http://www.likecool.com/Friday_I_m_In_Love--Apparel--Style.html

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  8. http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/ae37bc9e086623329bdfdad5f6b9c639/373

    My work. I am not an artist by trade, but I tried!

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  10. I really wish I was more in practice with a paintbrush, but here's my submission (and silly rhyme, heh):

    http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a136f1e87439da368f81a362d5270d1d/373

    Good luck, all, and thanks for alerting us to this, Craig!

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  11. Hi !
    here's mine :
    http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/aab9173da59a6d3f4de1f7121b91e406/373

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  13. completely unrelated but cure spotting I guess...dint know PW had written a book called that!! another nicked title!!

    Patrick White's novel The Hanging Garden, which he put in a drawer in 1982 when he became distracted by theatre, has been transcribed and will be published by Knopf in April. Set during World War II, it's about two children who form a bond when brought to shelter at the Hanging Garden on the cliffs of Neutral Bay.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/reading-the-future-20111229-1pda7.html#ixzz1iRQ79ZvL

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  14. My vote is for Kelly Reiter,then Paul Cooper... I had the same idea as Kelly, though I would had put a blurred person(daydream state expression) in there with the calender focused in the background, same hues though. Basically a cross between the "Pictures Of You" cover, and Kelly's piece. Less is more, good job Kel! I love it!

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  15. Daria's is a real creation and deserves to win.

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  16. http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a60618820bb7bd2ce20e7e2d6c471509/373
    theres mine.. check it out if youd like

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  17. from what i see, only some people chose to "only design within the white box"

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  18. @Lauren (harrison) i particularly love yours!

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  19. I have one too! :D

    http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a8b082bf9a8e9d46a414db6f56364c8f/373

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  20. Thanks craig!
    I just cropped off what i wasn't able to design in

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  21. Yeah, I mulled over whether to keep the template, but finally decided to take the instructions in my own literal way... They said to "design" within the white box, but didn't say we had to *submit* artwork that way. I might not be right, but that way it's not shrunk down quite as much.

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  22. Alrighty.. just submitted my entry too..

    So good to see a lot of talent out there! Fingers crossed for everybody :)

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  23. http://www.talenthouse.com/project/artwork/94c2a91356cf82a513a32141786fc2f2


    There we go.

    Hope the link works! o_O

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  24. Awww thanks Carnage Visors!!! I really couldn’t take myself way from the literal thought of it all. Glad you like it! :)

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  25. Thank you for posting it! I've been checking COF for about 4 years now, it's crazy to see my name on the page! haha :) I just want to say good luck to everyone who entered, and thanks again!

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  26. Thx Craig !
    And good luck to everyone...

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  27. You're all welcome. And everyone be sure to vote next week.

    notherbob - That link doesn't work, can you try again? : )

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  28. i'm really impressed by everyone's submissions!

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  29. http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/ac73ad48287873982b79cde514d0ddbb/373

    There is mine. It almost seemed overwhelming at first to choose what to do, so I just tried to find the essence of the song--at least, as I hear it!

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  30. great job, guys! :D
    i plan on submitting this week!

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  31. My favorites are Aaron, and Erin. Funny.

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  32. See mine...
    http://www.talenthouse.com/ad6aab5bfafd751ec9522639691ced0b

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  33. Daria's is a real creation. Her style made me think of Georges Mélies whose universe would heve fitted pretty well with The Cure's, and also of Gustav Klimt who might have inspired Porl's artwork for the band and his own paintings. Some others are nice but this one is a cover, and an impressive and creative one. Bravo !

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  34. And mine...
    http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a228968b74a1341e19d54e60a708fd38/373

    It is an oil painting I made not specifically for this project but I felt inclined to submit something.

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  37. So much talent out there among the Cure fans!! This is such an amazing project, good luck to everyone!

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  38. Finally finished mine...here it is!
    http://www.talenthouse.com/ac033b41182b5f36233e992bc575aafa

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  39. Or rather, I guess this is the better link!
    http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/ac033b41182b5f36233e992bc575aafa/373

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  40. Thanks for adding mine to the list Craig, it's nothing fancy but I wanted to give it a bash. x

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  41. this is my contribution for this exiting project :

    http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a4c3beb7d8fb46a607a3234500703032/373

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  42. I'm confused.. Why is the voting start date always changing? It started off being the 10th, then a couple of days ago the 11th. Checked just now and it says the 15th..

    Not much use telling people when to vote when the date changes all the time.. :p

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  43. Was happier with the original dates..

    Just sayin'

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  45. mine is artsy-fartsy, but without the 'artsy' ~

    http://www.talenthouse.com/
    creativeinvites/preview/
    a53ba051e3029bee86a882946249f130/
    373

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  46. Filthypit: Did you read the rules? You can't use the band's name, nor the song title, on the sleeve.

    Maybe remove that and submit it again?

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  47. wonderful fun way to support a great cause
    i added mine
    http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/af5b2d392139867b5cdaddc0ad633cb4/373

    (there are so many gorgeous artworks, what a talented bunch!)

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  49. Just a heads up, I received a response from Talenthouse to my question regarding submitting your work within the white box of the template. They looked at my submission and contacted me to let me know that it has to be submitted within the template provided. Even if it is the right dimensions, which mine was, they said I had to resubmit so my design was within the white box of the template. I was succesful in resubmitting mine, and would advise others to do the same, or risk having your submission disqualified. Good luck everyone.

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  52. HOLY CRAP!!!

    re: reading the rules
    honestly, no ~ i fell asleep half-way through!!! YES i am a dumb-ass... thought it was strange no one had that info in their art!

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  53. @MojoJackson:

    Jeeze. I asked the same question and got a different answer: "Again, you do not have to include the grey box around your design but make sure you keep the same dimensions." But I used the template anyway, just in case. I wish they would get the story straight... I would hate to see so many people disqualified! Thanks for sharing the info.

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  56. Hey Craig!, can u add mone to the curefans artwork list please?!
    heres my submission:
    http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a34c62562193bf9d2ce99f02dec6708b/373

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  57. ok, think i got it:
    http://www.talenthouse.com/
    creativeinvites/preview/
    a53ba051e3029bee86a882946249f130
    /373

    the guidelines for this contest don't make sense... may as well have added, "all work must be created while blindfolded" "and with the lights out"
    (rules are for fools)

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  58. I don't understand the issue of using a template.

    It's used as a guide so all submissions are the right size for a potential sleeve cover..

    If a template wasn't used and they didn't tell us what format they wanted it in, there would have been all sorts of file size/format/submission issues..

    Every competition has a set of rules..

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  60. Here is mine:
    http://m.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a1a6c904394b411bac050e8511206f48/373#/creativeinvites/preview/acc5425c393d47c38255fb217b1cdd4a/373

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  61. re: format ~
    they specified a 300dpi image under 5mb saved in some universal file type, ie; .jpg, .tiff, etc...

    don't think using their template is necessary, but it'll help ppl who use less complicated software & may have difficulty determining resolution.

    there are many issues w/ Talenthouse which makes me wonder if they're really connected w/ the artists they claim to represent: their website navigation functions don't work properly, the guidelines are ridiculous ("create apple art without using an apple or spelling the word apple"), etc

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  62. @filthypit - re: guidlines.. My guess is this is because of copyright reasons..

    My other guess is the song title/band name will be added at a later stage when the design choices have been finalised..

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  63. I think that the reason song titles/band names aren't allowed is because it is a secret (Secret 7"). The records are auctioned off, and the purchaser only learns what song it is when they have it in their hand.

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  64. when i'm on

    http://www.talenthouse.com/design-for-the-cure-secret-7

    I can't see all submitted work. Where to clic from there?

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  65. Um, yeah, the entire reason it's called Secret 7" is because you're not supposed to know who the artist is or what the song is:

    "None of the buyers will know who created the sleeve, or even which song it's for, until they are holding it in their hands - the secret lies within."

    It's supposed to be something fun, unique, and different. And the guidelines are given because the art, if chosen, needs to fit on a 7" sleeve.

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  67. One more uploaded !
    http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a9dd3644500788c9252566ac8f5cefa6/373?affiliate=yaKb2G5rKIHULstQP6EDSs2lOEeM3BE5#
    . . . wished I had heard about this with more time, to make something nicer. I feel that what I've done looks more like a study than a final product !! but, hey, just wanted to be a part of it somehow and worked with what I had, which was color pencils and not much time. Cheers to everyone that's posting here !!

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  68. Finally got it done http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/af0c366f55b1d20f3043f728a2db44a9/373

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  69. another:

    http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/acbb3eb12c01f661a3d4e7ad52226129/373

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  70. i've really enjoyed looking @ everyone's work; the submissions range from extremely excellent to unbelievably bad...

    as a pisces, i find one extreme as entertaining as the other!

    i've already found 6 or 7 i'm gonna vote for... who knows, maybe i'll vote for them all (just to muck things up)

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  71. I'm not so sure about this 'competition' anymore..

    A deadline is a deadline, in my opinion and the newer submissions now have an advantage over the people who submitted their works on time..

    What of the people who didn't use the template? Are their submissions valid? If it turns out they are then the competition really has no credability..

    Sorry for whinging, but it's very frustrating..

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  73. My submission here: http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a1a4a1d8298a10a9aa32f173f08a3a8a/373

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  74. Hi Craig,
    I've been checking your wonderful site for years and I just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing all the Cure news and info as well as this competition with us!

    Here's my entry:
    http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a0314c9e76f2437c31b0402aab7b98f7/373

    All the best to those who have entered!
    Cheers

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  75. Notherbob, I'm a bit grumbly about the ever-changing deadline too, but it's their contest so I guess they can do what they will with it.

    As for the template though, I'd contacted both Secret 7" on their facebook page and the support on the Talenthouse site and got the same answer. The artwork doesn't have to be submitted with the grey border. As long as you've designed it to fit within the parameters of the white box, your entry is fine. Here's talenthouse's reply in their own words:

    It is not required to submit your work with the grey border (some members have uploaded their work with it and some without it) but your artwork must be designed within the white box in the template provided. For now, just make sure to keep the same dimensions and if you should be contacted by the host, then you will be given more information on the actual size of the artwork.

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  76. About these crappy changes of deadline : perhaps The cure has begun to choose and hardly find the good 45 sleeves, maybe fed up with all these "heart designs" huh huh...?

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  77. Hi all... I'm a newbie, but I also submitted a 7" pic here:
    http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/ade3648cdce9e7a5b01dbf5b0684ece3/373

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  78. The changing deadline has been frustrating for me as well. For one thing, it's hard to tell people to vote when you tell them a new date all the time. But if I would've known that I would have so much more time, I would have tried out several different designs and then decided on one. I started to make a new one this weekend, but realized I probably don't have time to finish it now. It's probably just time for me to move on to the next project.

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  79. I agree... the changing deadline is quite annoying. More than this, their website is difficult to navigate. I spent an hour just trying to find the full "terms and conditions", and most of their terms and guidelines are way too vague to be helpful. I LOVE the idea of this project... but the administration of it is another story. Oh, to wish impossible things...

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  80. Wait a second... If I'm a minor am I allowed to enter my painting? shit :( I hate being so close to 18.

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  81. I mean, I read the terms and conditions, but it's so unclear and I don't really understand what they mean... That really really sucks if I can't enter. I love this one :)

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  82. Hanners: It says you have to be the age of majority in your state, and checking on that, most states require you to be at least 18. A few are 19 or 21.

    I was also surprised to see that you can't enter if you live in Florida. Odd.

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  83. Yeah the Florida bit was pretty weird... ugh. Less than a year away from this 'age of majority'.

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  84. Well... they took my design, so here it is :)

    http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a515c9ae1b533b229b2d51746adf8d62/373

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  85. We're just glad young people are still aware of The Cure.

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  86. So true! : )

    Okay, Hannah. Posted and tweeted. Good luck! Both in the voting, and the needed subterfuge if you win. ; )

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  87. Thanks so much to both of you! The Cure will always be in my life, I might as well take part :P

    haha I'm not too worried I'll even get close to winning. It's nice just to get my work out there, really :)

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  88. here's mine! http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a9cd0c44447523568452c1cfd716f06e/373

    :)

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  89. Here is my design for the secret 7.
    When you like it, support me please. Thanks a lot.

    http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a06f5dcb48a7edacd9d7ee738a61c9f5/373

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  90. Here's mine!

    http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a6a43b345c80ce7a4b44e20a9c149c2c/373

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  93. Here is mine
    http://media.talenthouse.com/37a2/37a2588eb2475a6466f8d1ab50adaa6b/submissions/373/adbbf411720e90b4a3686129d8336d6f/0/new_965x530.jpg
    Can you find ALL the references to Cure songs I've put in it? ;)

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  94. Hopefully tomorrow the voting will finally get started. There are some really good works of art submitted for this project. I really love the ones done by Aaron, Daria, Erin & Peter C. Great work! Good Luck to everyone! It will be cool to see which one the band chooses.

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  95. Votes begin today at 6PM GMT...

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  99. there. i've voted... there are fifty-eleven thousand entries, so it was tough getting through them all. good luck to everyone who took the time to enter!

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  100. I did one in a very last hour rush, but wanted to have fun. Good luck to you all.

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  101. Good luck Everybody!
    Blown away by how many entries there are and so much talent!

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  102. I entered too! Here's mine if anyone wants to check it out. Let me know if you like it - http://tlnt.at/AuXfeL

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  103. I entered too! Here's mine if anyone wants to check it out. Let me know if you like it - http://tlnt.at/AuXfeL

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  104. I entered too! Here's mine if anyone wants to check it out. Let me know if you like it - http://tlnt.at/AuXfeL

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  105. Excuse-me, but I don't see how to vote by sms if one hasn't got a F account, can someone tell me?

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  106. Bestival gets two reviews average minus (the fact it's for charity saves it) in french mags NewNoise and
    Magic, and a slightly more positive one in a third (but it's a new mag, issue 2, and i've forgotten it's name, starts with F i think...)

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  107. oh we need to use facebook or twitter to vote? no thanks. sorry lauren!

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  108. oh we need to use facebook or twitter to vote? no thanks. sorry lauren!

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  109. This was painted by my daughter, Danielle, who is also a Cure fan. http://tlnt.at/yhMLBy

    ;0)

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  110. cure_kitty, thank you! :)

    Fabien G, in the email I got, it said this:

    Don’t have a Facebook account? You may still vote via SMS by clicking the green “Vote with SMS” button and texting the information given to the number listed.


    Hope that helps! Man, I was never very good at popularity contests, heh.

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  111. Thanks theunstrungharp, but I can't see that green button!

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  112. Hmm, yeah, it looks like the option just isn't there. I did a quick search, and there's supposed to be a "don't have facebook or twitter" link under the voting buttons to get to some unique code to text for sms voting, but I see nothing. : / The whole thing is a bit silly; I keep getting comments and messages from people saying that they're trying to vote, but can't get it to work, so what's the point?

    --Erin

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  113. Okay, now found this, so no sms voting option, as of now:

    We have temporarily removed the SMS text voting option from our website due to technical difficulties. Our technical team is currently working on the issue and and we will re-enable the option as soon as it is fixed. The Facebook and Twitter voting are currently the only methods of voting available. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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  114. Thanks, I was going to ask them. Well almost noone I know is going to ba able to vote for now, then.

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  115. Hi guys,
    I just wanted to say a huge thank you to the people who have voted for my work and once again good luck to everyone whose entered!
    Cheers

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  117. ONLY 2 hours left :)

    http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a14923c2f9b53afd7c23e46d9d283316/373

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  118. i'm sorry but the top five are horrible.

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  119. Any idea when the winners will be notified? I know it's today, but anyone have an idea what time?

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  120. Secret 7" posted this to Twitter this morning:

    "The Cure's selections came in this morning! In the nick of time. Be patient with us, safe in the knowledge the band made the selections."

    So I'm guessing it could take a while to notify everyone.

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  121. Was just about to post that - You beat me to it, Craig! :)

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  122. Awesome! Thanks for the update Craig!

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  123. They said on their twitter yesterday that there are over 350 winners to notify, and that it could take them a couple of days to complete the process. Patience and good luck everyone! :D

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  124. can't see the 5 covers. got a link to it? thanks g*

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  125. I'm guessing they will conact everyone via email rather than through the talenthouse.com site..

    If that's the case I'm in big trouble as the email I gave out was old and is not useable anymore.. GAH!!

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  126. @notherbob - don't worry, I think they can contact you through Facebook if you connected your account up.

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  127. awww.... cheer up my friend *offers cider and hugs*

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  128. *Wipes nose on sleeve*
    *accepts cider*

    :)

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  129. http://t.co/KdMqQGYM



    This just in from Twitter..

    WAAAUUGHHHH!!

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  130. oh dear....

    **offers notherbob another cider**
    **pats shoulder in sympathy**

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  131. Maybe you can contact them and let them know your name, talenthouse account and tell them your correct email address. They seem to be very responsive, I'm sure they will help you out.

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  132. I can't take the suspense! I don't have too many hopes of winning, but I wanted to know for sure today so that I could close this chapter. Now, I'll be in suspense all week, wondering if they could slowly be making down their list towards me...

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  133. Take a deep breath people! Everyone who poured their creativity and soul into their designs, take heart. Even if you are not chosen to be one of the "winners" - you can take pride in the fact that you contributed. Regardless of the final outcome, remember that Robert personally reviewed your design (and maybe he let some of the other band members choose too)! You also helped bring attention to the worthy cause of the Teenage Cancer trust by helping to generate millions of hits on the Talenthouse site. Congratulations everyone for being a part of this great project!

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  134. Oh, I didn't have high hopes, but it's so exciting the suspense they're keeping us in! haha I can't wait to hear how much money they've raised and who Robert picked! :)

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  136. posted this am on Secret 7's FB page, "The perfect place to listen to The Cure's sample vinyl... Fiction!!!"

    Wasn't there a big stink over the Cure's contract w/ Fiction records? Didn't the Cure relinquish all profits from their recorded library when their contract w/ Fiction expired? If so, the label totally ripped off the band!!! (& the Cure's legal counsel was completely remiss in their representation)

    Not to take away from the importance of its charitable benefactor, but I mean, wouldn't that put into question the whole Secret 7" promotion??? (if that were the case)(?)

    Hm-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m...

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  137. This isn't the same Fiction from the old days. This is the revived 2004 Fiction imprint now owned by Universal.

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  138. Zack, no one is supposed to say. They want it to remain a secret until the exhibition. If anyone says they were contacted, then we would obviously know they had been selected. The winners will know, and the rest of us will find out on April 21st.

    If you haven't been contacted by next week, then it's a pretty safe bet that you weren't selected. I'm guessing there will be an announcement once they have contacted all of the winners, though they haven't said that.

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  139. notherbob, I just found out that I have the same problem! And I can't reset my email address without my password, and I have noooo idea what that is because I just sign in through facebook! I tried to reset my password, but it emailed the new one to my inactive email address (you see the problem here). I emailed them about it, obviously, but who knows when they'll get back to me...

    I had no idea that they linked my inactive email address from facebook. I haven't cared to update that because I don't want emails from facebook anyway.

    I tried not to be too hopeful, but I can't help but feel panicky that they don't even have a working email address if they should need to notify me about anything fantastic.

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  140. Send an email to support@talenthouse.com.. They were very prompt and resolved my issue..

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  141. @Craig- Oh yeah, I wasn't trying to ruin the fun or anything... I was looking for more of a "my friend of a friend of a friend was contacted" kind of a thing. Or maybe someone e-mailed you anonymously just to let you know.

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  142. notherbob: Yeah, I emailed them right away, but I still haven't heard back. I'm sure they are swamped! I'm glad they were able to help you.

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  143. Winners aren't supposed to tell, but I guess there's no harm in saying I didn't make the cut! I'm not upset, there were a LOT of amazing designs that were far better than mine that should have rightly got the nod. Good work everyone!

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  144. Well congrats to all the winners whoever you are!! :D I'm just wondering, are all the people who entered supposed to get an email saying we can stop worrying about it? Because I saw that somewhere and I wasn't sure haha :)

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  145. looks like my posts have been removed & i'm now banned from thecure.com's msg board...

    shouldn't have expressed concerns publicly, i guess...

    universal/fiction must be managed by dick cheney - geo bush

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