Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’ Will Not be Released in Target Stores
My Nguyen July 12, 2012
Singer-songwriter, Frank Ocean, made it into headlines last week for opening up about his relationships with other men in the past, and his Def Jam debut album, Channel Orange, dropped shortly after. EW reports that a lot of people are hopped up about the new release, but Target happens to be not one of them.
According to MTV, Ocean’s decision to release the album on iTunes one week ahead of its July 17 street release may have caused the retailer to reconsider stocking the record in their stores.
It is reported that according to Ocean’s manager, Christian Clancy, Ocean’s coming out might have affected Target’s decision.
MTV mentions that Target is supportive of openly gay artists like Adam Lambert and Elton John, and began selling gay pride T-shirts – the proceeds going to the Family Equality Council, which supports the rights of LGBT parents.
In lieu of the controversy, Target released this 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 street date.”
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