After Frank Ocean opted to release his album, Channel Orange, one week early via iTunes, rumors surfaced that Target refused to sell the LP in stores.
The retailer reportedly cited the singer's decision to release his album early through iTunes as the reason for the blacklisting, however, his recent coming out was suspected as being the real reason.
While the store is rumored to be affiliated with anti-LGBTQ organizations, they are denying any claims that they are being discriminatory.
In a statement made to Billboard Biz, Target addressed the claims as false. "The claims made about Target’s decision to not carry the Frank Ocean album are absolutely false," they wrote. "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."
Frank's manager later apologized for contributing to the rumors. "I apologize for my comments about Target," he tweeted. "They are not carrying Frank’s album because it went digital first. Not for ANY other reason. … My response was simply an emotional knee jerk reaction. … Stop. Breath."
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