Reports came up that since the artist came out about his sexuality, the top retailer, which is known to support anti-LGBT organizations, gave his album the boot.
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But Target cited Ocean’s decision to release “Channel Orange” via iTunes a week early as the reason for refusing to carry the new music.
“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.”
Ocean’s manager actually apologized for contributing to the rumor spreading and issuing a statement via Twitter, “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.”