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Frank Ocean New Album "Channel Orange" Won't Be Sold By Target

Frank Ocean's new album "Channel Orange" will not be sold in Target stores due to the release being sold early via iTunes. Check out an excerpt from the news story below.

"Target will not be carrying Frank Ocean's debut studio album, "Channel Orange," in response to the label's decision to sell it ahead of its scheduled release date via iTunes -- not due to Ocean's sexuality -- according to statements from the company and Ocean's manager. iTunes is the sole digital seller of the album until July 17.

Ocean admitted in a recent Tumblr post that he had a past romantic relationship with a man. In a tweet early Tuesday, Ocean's manager, Christian Clancy, implied that the admission influenced Target's decision not to carry the album, although he quickly deleted the Tweet and has since recanted.

"Target has refused to carry Frank's album because of iTunes exclusive," Clancy's initial Tweet on the matter read. "Interesting since they also donate to non-equal rights organizations." Target was at the center of a controversy last year in which it cancelled a $10 million television campaign for Lady Gaga's Born This Way album, reportedly due to differences over the company's support for political candidates opposed to gay rights.

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