Fans intending to purchase Frank Ocean 's new album 'Channel Orange' from major retailer 'Target' next week should save themselves a trip. The store has decided against stocking the physical CD, which has generated huge interest following the singer's admission that he once had a gay relationship.
A Target statement, reported by MTV News, explained, "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". Following the huge press attention received by Ocean, as well as his stirring rendition of 'Bad Religion' on the Jimmy Fallon show, his label decided to release 'Channel Orange' on iTunes early. It quickly shot to No.1 on the digital chart and has received high praise from critics. In response to speculation concerning their reasoning for pulling the record, the Target statement added, "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". They also make specific reference to stocking albums by gay artists such as Ricky Martin.
Nevertheless, Billboard predict that Frank Ocean will not need Target's backing to reach the upper echelons of the Billboard 200 chart. The Odd Future man is on track to sell around 120,000 copies of the record, which could see him competing for the top spot.