Frank Ocean fans will have to shop somewhere other than Target if they want a hard copy of the R&B singer’s debut album, “Channel Orange.” The retail giant says it won’t be carrying the CD next Tuesday, July 17th, because of Def Jam’s decision to release the set a week early as an iTunes exclusive.
But Ocean’s manager Christian Clancy suggested Target’s decision may have had something to do with the singer’s recent admission that he had a romantic relationship with a man. Billboard.com says Clancy tweeted earlier this week in regard to Target, quote, “Interesting since they also donate to non-equal rights organizations.” Target came under fire last year after it canceled a ten-million-dollar TV campaign for Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” reportedly because the pop star didn’t agree with the company’s support for political candidates opposed to gay rights.
Clancy has since deleted his tweet and sent out another apologizing for his comments. He called his initial response an “emotional knee-jerk reaction.” Target also issued a statement to Billboard.biz, explaining that they “support inclusivity and diversity in every aspect of [their] business.” They say the decision was based purely on customer demand and other similar factors.
Sources report Â industry estimates, â€˜Orangeâ€™ is on its way to sell 125-135k in its first week based on retail pre-orders. The estimates far exceeds the 40-50k units that were originally predicted.Â Ocean is on pace to sell more albums next week than singer Chris Brown whose heavily promoted studio album Fortune undersold all industry expectations.