Frank Ocean's album may currently be the most buzzed about disc in music, but Target isn't interested. Billboard reports the discount retail giant announced it will not sell Channel Orange, claiming the decision was a reaction to iTunes' one-week exclusive. Many are wondering, however, if the move was actually inspired by the fact that Ocean recently came out.
Ocean's first studio album hit iTunes after the R&B singer's surprise appearance on Tuesday's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," a full week before previously planned. Of course, this meant that brick and mortar retailers would lose out on that first week's sales.
The brand has a complicated history with the LGBT community. Target first faced a strong backlash after donating $150,000 to MN Forward, a group that was backing Tom Emmer's gubernatorial bid in Minnesota. Emmer was known for being especially conservative and not supporting equal rights for LGBT citizens. At the time, Target Corp.'s CEO Gregg Steinhafel said the company was merely championing a candidate who would be an advocate for its business interests. He later apologized.
Though the brand recently printed a run of shirts in celebration of Gay Pride Week, critics took issue with the fact that the shirts were only available online (not in stores). That fact struck some as a half-hearted attempt at erasing past offenses, but it should be noted that the company donated a portion of proceeds from the shirts to the Family Equality Council, an LGBT advocacy group.
A statement from the company implied the digital exclusive was to blame for the decision to not sell Channel Orange: "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."
However, it's worth noting that Target stores carry Watch the Throne, a Kanye West and Jay-Z album that debuted as an iTunes digital exclusive before being put on shelves. Ocean appears twice on Watch the Throne. He had not discussed his sexuality when that album was released.
Ocean's manager and Odd Future's father figure Christian Clancy tweeted, "Target has refused to carry Frank's album because of iTunes exclusive. Interesting since they also donate to non-equal rights organizations." He later deleted the tweets and recanted, but Target, no doubt hoping to head off a MN Forward-like controversy, swiftly moved to dispel any notions that politics was to blame for their move. The following statement was sent to Billboard:
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.
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.
At the time of this writing Channel Orange is still the top-selling album in the iTunes music store. The 16-track effort is the 24-year-old's debut studio album. Previously, Ocean wrote songs for Beyonce, John Legend and Justin Bieber and appeared on Kanye West and Jay-Z's Watch The Throne. He had also released nostalgia, ULTRA, a highly lauded mixtape which put him on the map as one of the nation's premiere R&B talents.
Frank Ocean - Thinking About You [Official Music Video]
Music video by Frank Ocean performing Thinking About You . (C) 2011 The Island Def Jam Music Group I know what you're thinking. "Didn't I see a video for this a few months ago?" High5Collective did release visuals for Frank Ocean's "Thinking About You" back in September, but now Def Jam is now officially and legitimately releasing the video. It's not easy to follow, but it's filled with zombies(?), Frank Ocean as a doctor, and a very sick little girl. Watch it below and see what you think. Frank Ocean's "Thinking About You" is one of his standout tracks that to many, probably comes across as a straightforward love song. For the visuals, things aren't so simple. The video explores the dreams of a sick girl, a few primitive zombie-looking people, and some celestial activity. Check it out and see if you can put together the pieces and make some sense of it all. Watch alternative hip hop artist Frank Ocean in the (OMV) official music video for the song "Thinking About You Frank Ocean - Thinking About You [Official Music Video] Frank Ocean - Thinking About You [Official Music Video] Frank Ocean - Thinking About You [Official Music Video] Frank Ocean - Thinking About You [Official Music Video]
Frank Ocean - Swim Good
Music video by Frank Ocean performing Swim Good. (C) 2011 The Island Def Jam Music Group
Frank Ocean - Novacane
Music video by Frank Ocean performing Novacane. (C) 2011 The Island Def Jam Music Group
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Frank Ocean - We All Try Official Video [Lyrics In Description]
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Frank Ocean - There Will Be Tears
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Kanye West & Jay Z (Ft. Frank Ocean) - No Church in the Wild
LYRICS: [Frank Ocean] Human beings in a mob What's a mob to a king? What's a king to a god? What's a god to a non-believer? Who don't believe in anything? We make it out alive All right, all right No church in the wild [Jay-Z] Tears on the mauseoleum floor Blood stains the coliseum doors Lies of the lips of a priest Thanksgiving disguised as a feast Rollin' in the Rolls-Royce Corniche Only the doctors got this, I'm hidin' from police Cocaine seats All white like I got the whole thing bleached Drug dealer chic I'm wonderin' if a dove's prayers reach It's pious Pius, the god loves Pius Socrates asks, "Whose bias do y'all seek?" Or for Plato, the screech I'm out chere ballin', I know you hear my sneaks Jesus was a carpenter, Yeezy, he lay beats Hova flow the Holy Ghost, get the hell up out your seats Preach Human beings in a mob What's a mob to a king? What's a king to a god? What's a god to a non-believer? Who don't believe in anything? We make it out alive All right, all right No church in the wild Let me buy you Desire I stand by you Walk through the fire Your life Is my Scripture And I need it Through your encryption Yeah, yeah [Kanye West] Coke on her black skin made a stripe like a zebra I call that jungle fever You will not control the threesome Just roll the weed up until I get me some We formed a new religion No sins as long as there's permission' And deception is the only felony So never fuck nobody wit'out tellin' me Sunglasses and Advil Last night was mad real <b>...</b>
Frank Ocean - Voodoo (w/ Lyrics & Download Link)
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Frank Ocean - I Miss You
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