Target Refusing To Sell Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" Album / by

Retail giant Target has shocked the nation as they've just broke news about not stocking Frank Ocean's debut album "Channel Orange". The decision reportedly comes from the fact that Frank's camp released the album one week earlier on iTunes.

Frank's manager took to Twitter and hinted that he believes their move had a less to do with a release date, but more to do with one's sexuality. Check out the article after the break.

The announcement about the retail chain failing to stock Ocean's debut disc came from his manager, Chris Clancy, who spoke about his frustration with the matter on Twitter. Although Clancy explained that Target said they would not stock the CD on shelves due to the fact that it was released one week early on iTunes, the manager suggested that the retailer may have other motives. 
"Target has refused to carry Franks album because of iTunes exclusive," Clancy Tweeted. "Interesting since they also donate to non equal rights organizations." Although Clancy never referenced Ocean's sexuality directly, a number of people debated the matter on Twitter. 
One person questioned if Ocean's sexuality had anything to do with Target's refusal to sell physical copies of the record. "Is Target not selling Frank Ocean's album because of his sexuality," one person questioned. However, another thought Ocean's admitting he was bisexual had nothing to do with Target's decision. "Not sexuality related," the person tweeted. "My opinion." 
When asked Wednesday by The Christian Post to verify claims that Ocean's CD was not stocked in stores, Target explained how it deals with new releases. 
"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," Erica Julkowski, Manager of Communications for Target shared in an email.


I just find so many things wrong with this story that I don't know who to side with. First off, this isn't the first time an artist released a project earlier to iTunes. Jay-Z & Kanye West did it last year for "Watch the Throne". You didn't hear or see Target talking about not carrying the album because of it.

I remember reading reports about retailers being upset about it, but none saying that they weren't caring the album. Target has the album in it's store and on it's shelves to sell right now. At the same time, people can't say that Target's decision came from his sexuality because there are gay artists who music is sold through them.

Adam Lambert is openly gay, and his album "For Your Entertainment" is sold there. Ricky Martin came out of the closet and his music is still being sold there.  So people shouldn't be so quick to say they're not carrying his album because of his sexuality because I'm sure that's not the case. Maybe they are really pissed about the early release.

Losing such a large retailer like Target could definitely hurt those first week numbers. Target has more than 1100 stores across the nation and they're pretty big on music releases. This will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

But what do you think? You weigh in on the situation at hand. Is Target not selling the album because of his sexuality or is it truly because of the early iTunes release? Do you think that they will eventually carry the album?