Target Will Not Stock Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange

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Frank Ocean released his album Channel Orange exclusively to iTunes on Monday night, one week before its scheduled release. While fans were pleased, massive retailer Target has decided that because of the early release, they will not be stocking Channel Orange. In a statement to MTV, Target said:

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.

In response to the news, Ocean’s manager Christian Clancy wrote, in two since-deleted tweets, “Target has refused to carry Frank’s album because of iTunes exclusive” with the follow-up, “interesting since they also donate to non-equal rights groups.” (Later, Clancy added: “Note to self: take your own advice. emotional knee jerk reacting isn’t the move.”) Target has donated $150,000 to Minnesota Forward, which backs political candidates across the state, including state house member Tom Emmer, who is involved with the anti-gay and lesbian ministry of Bradlee Dean. However, Target does sell albums by openly gay artists, meaning that company’s issue is with their profits, not their politics. Still, the store stocked Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Frank Ocean-featuring album Watch the Throne, which was also released on iTunes in advance of its physical street date.

POSTED July 11, 2012 5:53PM IN MUSIC NEWS Comments (13) TAGS: ,

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  1. lovelywun says:

    I just went on the target website and wrote an email to corporate. Please everyone do the same, it only takes a minute…let them know that this is not right and we won’t stand for it. target.com

  2. Kidmr says:

    Because no one would want a physical copy? Not everyone uses ITunes. That’s the shittiest excuse I’ve ever heard for not stocking an artist album. I’m sure if Adele, Beyonce or Lady Gaga did the same, they would still have all kinds of promotional promos and CDs stocked all through the entertainment department..

  3. Kidmr says:

    *Posters… not “promos.”

  4. Tony J says:

    I honestly and sincerely doubt that Target’s refusal to stock Channel Orange has anything to do with Frank’s sexual orientation. They’re based in Minneapolis (where I’m from) which was recently voted “Gayest City in the U.S.” Minneapolis on the whole is very liberal, so chances are if Target was a legitimately homophobic/anti-gay institution, we would know about it by now.

    But of course, Target being anti-gay/anti-Frank Ocean/anti-OF makes for a much more interesting story.

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  6. Will says:

    Kanye and Jay-Z’s “Watch the Throne” came out a week early on iTunes and Target stocks that. I sent them a quick e-mail too, and can’t help but think the move has to do with his sexuality.

  7. BANGBANG says:

    Target’s business is their business. Target has the freedom to stock or not stock whatever they want. You have the freedom to get a hard copy elsewhere. Target has the freedom to donate money to whoever, just as you have the freedom to donate to whomever you please to! You have the freedom to never shop at target! That’s what freedom is about. So shut up, stop your bitching and order the hard copy off amazon. You’ll save gas money and some stress, ya commies.

  8. Surge says:

    I’m with Bangbang…Also when I think of buying hot new music, rarely do I say – Better hit up Target! It’s just business. They will, I would put money on it eventually stock his follow up album. Ocean and his peeps are smart, just trying to stir up another story for promotional purposes. Be careful what you say though Clancy…

  9. rck says:

    Target was supposed to be the exclusive carrier and being an exclusive carrier means paying the artist a fee or sharing a higher percentage of profits. However with the cd being released a week early that not only diminishes Target’s potential profits but negates their exclusive agreement. In any event while Frank is a great artist, Jay and Kanye are legendary so Target had no choice but to carry WTT. All that aside I hope Frank sells a milli before its all said and done . . .

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  12. clancy is a cunt says:

    im sure traget sells lady gaga and all that crap why gay ppl have to feel so butthurt when they get rejected damn

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