Target refuses to sell Frank Ocean’s ‘Channel Orange’

Crooner Frank Ocean grabbed headlines recently after coming out as a gay man in a blog post. Now, the singer is making the news for a very different reason. Target, one of America’s retail giants, is refusing to sell Ocean’s album Channel Orange

When the album was set for release on July 17, 2012, Target agreed to stock the record. Now, however, Target has withdrawn their support, most likely due to an early iTunes release of the album.

Ocean’s manager Christian Clancy took to his Twitter: “Target has refused to carry Frank’s album because of iTunes exclusive. Interesting since they also donate to non-equal rights organizations.”

In the past, Target made donations to a Tom Emmer political organization. Emmer failed to obtain a nomination for Minnesota’s governor in 2010.

Target fired back. “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.”

Clancy apologized for his mistake.

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Brittany Tenpenny has wanted to be a writer for as long as she could remember. Aside from brief fantasies of pop stardom and becoming the female Indiana Jones, Brittany was dead set on writing. She pursued her dream all through her academic career, becoming a staff writer for "The Argo" at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey where she graduated at the top of her class with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications. Last year, Brittany's fictional pieces were published in the e-book "A Calm Whisper."

Brittany is now a graduate student at Rowan University and is currently working on a novel.