It seems Frank Ocean has made some enemies after releasing his album Channel Orange a week early on iTunes…
American store Target has decided not to stock the album because of the early release and Ocean’s manager Christian Clancy took to Twitter to share his feelings on the matter stating “Target has refused to carry Frank’s album because of iTunes exclusive. Interesting since they also donate to non-equal rights organizations”.
Naturally many will assume that their decision not to stock the album, which was due for release on July 17, has something to do with Ocean revealing that he had a relationship with a man last week. But Target released an official statement saying:
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 are absolutely false. Target supports inclusivity and diversity in every aspect of our business.
Target has a longstanding tradition of supporting music and artistry that reflects the diverse landscape of American culture.
Frank’s manager since deleted his tweet and sent another message saying, “Note to self: Take your own advice. Emotional knee-jerk reacting isn’t the move.”