Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange will not be sold at Target, according to the chain’s reps.
Target is reportedly not pleased with the singer releasing his debut album a week early on iTunes.
The New Orleans’ native manager Christian Clancy tweeted the store refused to carry his artist’s album because of his sexuality.
“Target has refused to carry Frank’s album because of iTunes exclusive,” he wrote. “Interesting since that also donate to non-equal rights organizations.”
He later deleted the tweet and retracted his statement.
“I apologize for my comments abut Target,” he wrote. “They are not carrying Frank’s album because it went digital first. Not for ANY oter reason…. My response was simply an emotional knee jerk reaction…. Stop. Breath. Do the best you can. Be honest. Keep it moving.”
The retail issued statement Wednesday:
“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. Our history of partnering with diverse artists includes recent partnerships with a variety of musicians, such as Ricky Martin, B.o.B., and Gloria Estefan. 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.”
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