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Since Frank Ocean announced his sexuality and that his first love was a man on his blog, the rapper has gained plenty of headlines, with supporters from all over the music industry praising his decision. Ocean then decided to release his new album, Channel Orange, a week early on iTunes, a decision that may have backfired, since Target has announced that it will not carry the album.
According to MTV News, Ocean’s manager, Christian Clancy, has said their decision to go with an early digital release caused Target to pull the album, which will get its physical release on Tuesday. However, first Clancy took to Twitter to blame the department store’s past support for anti-gay groups.
“Target has refused to carry Frank's album because of iTunes exclusive...Interesting since they also donate to non-equal rights organizations,” he wrote, although he has since deleted it. He later tweeted “note to self: take your own advice. emotional knee jerk reacting isn't the move.”
Target explained in a statement “At Target, we focus on offering our guests a wide assortment of physical CDs...so our selection of new releases is dedicated to physical CDs rather than titles that are released digitally in advance of the street date."
The company added, “The claims made about Target's decision to not carry the Frank Ocean album are absolutely false. Target supports inclusivity and diversity in every aspect of our business. Our assortment decisions are based on a number of factors, including guest demand."
“Target has a longstanding tradition of supporting music and artistry that reflects the diverse landscape of American culture.”
Target does stock CDs from openly gay musicians like Adam Lambert and Elton John and has started selling gay pride shirts.
Ocean made headlines last week when he posted an emotional letter on his Tumblr page confirming that he is gay and he quickly received support from fellow artists. Billboard reports that analysts predict that iTunes sales will fuel Channel Orange to a No. 2 debut on the Billboard 200 album chart with 100,000 to 120,000 copies sold. The Odd Future member’s new album was only expected to sell 40,000 to 50,000 copies before the album was released early.