Jul 13, 2012 9:26 PM GMT
MSNBCTarget said that the company's decision not to stock Ocean's critically-acclaimed new record "Channel Orange" was made because the singer's label opted to release the album exclusively on iTunes a week before it would be available in retail outlets.
Ocean's manager Christian Clancy took to his Twitter account to hint that the retailer's decision had more to do with Ocean's admission of his attraction to a person of the same sex.
"Target has refused to carry Frank's album because of iTunes exclusive," Clancy tweeted, according to Billboard. "Interesting since they also donate to non-equal rights organizations."
Soon after Clancy made the comment, Target responded that the allegations are "absolutely false" and that the retailer's decisions are "based on a number of factors, including guest demand."
"Target has a longstanding tradition of supporting music and artistry that reflects the diverse landscape of American culture. Our history of partnering with diverse artists includes recent partnerships with a variety of musicians, such as Ricky Martin, B.o.B., and Gloria Estefan," Target said in a statement.
Clancy has since removed the comment from his Twitter account, and later wrote: "I apologize for my comments about Target. They are not carrying Frank's album because it went digital first. Not for ANY other reason. … My response was simply an emotional knee jerk reaction. … Stop. Breath. Do the best you can. Be honest. Keep it moving."
Target, however, does currently stock another album that was first exclusively released on iTunes before it was sold in stores -- 2011's platinum-selling "Watch the Throne," by rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West. That album, which incidentally was released by Ocean's label Def Jam, is currently available at Target locations.
This is not the first time Target has come under fire from the LGBT community. Last year, Lady Gaga, a vocal supporter of gay rights, dissolved her partnership with the retailer after an outcry from the LGBT community over the Minneapolis-based company's financial support of political action group Minnesota Forward, which supported failed 2010 gubernatorial candidacy of Tom Emmer, an opponent of same-sex marriages.