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Target refuses to sell Frank Ocean album

CONTROVERSY: Frank Ocean

TARGET HAVE made a controversial decision not to sell Frank Ocean’s debut album, after his label released it to iTunes ahead of its scheduled release date.

Many have speculated that the large retailer chose to forgo the rising star’s Channel Orange album because he confessed that he fell in love with a man in a heart-felt open letter to fans.

Ocean’s manager, Christian Clancy, responded to Target's announcement by noting that the company 'donate to non-equal rights organizations'.

Speaking on his Twitter account he wrote: “Target has refused to carry Frank’s album because of iTunes exclusive. Interesting since they also donate to non-equal rights organizations.”

In response to the controversy with Ocean, Target issued a statement to Billboard.biz, stating: "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. Our assortment decisions are based on a number of factors, including guest demand."

Shortly after, Clancy apologized on Twitter for his earlier accusations: "I apologize for my comments about Target. They are not carrying Frank's album because it went digital first. Not for ANY other reason.[sic]"

He continued: "My response was simply an emotional knee jerk reaction. … Stop. Breath. Do the best you can. Be honest. Keep it moving. [sic]"

Channel Orange was released early on iTunes on July 10.

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