Frank Ocean’s album “Channel Orange” already is one of the most widely discussed and highly praised albums of the year, but don’t look to buy at a Target store when the physical CD is released next week.
Target has announced it won’t stock the album, which has generated massive interest since the R&B singer revealed recently that some songs were inspired by a gay relationship he once had.
But after initially suggesting that Target’s decision may have been related to Ocean’s sexual orientation, his manager, Christian Clancy, has backed down and said Target’s decision was a response to the release of Ocean’s album a week early in digital form exclusively on iTunes.
A Target statement, reported by MTV News, explained that “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 claims made about Target’s decision to not carry the Frank Ocean album based on his sexuality are absolutely false,’ says Target. Target supports inclusivity and diversity in every aspect of our business. Our assortment decisions are based on a number of factors, including guest demand.”
Well Target carries Adam Lambert’s CD and he’s out, so I highly doubt that they would discriminate against Frank.
Good Publicity though.