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Hip-Hop Rumors: Did Target Pull Frank Ocean’s Album Because He’s Gay?


Target has decided not to carry Frank Ocean’s new album, Channel Orange. The mega-store is claiming the reasoning behind the slight is because Ocean has an exclusive deal with iTunes that gives the mac store the digital album a week earlier than the hard copy albums actually hit stores.

Frank Ocean’s manager, Christian Clancy wasn’t buying that excuse and took to his Twitter account to vent his frustrations. Check out his tweet below:

According to Entertainment Weekly, Clancy is referring to Target’s past donations to a political organization that supported Tom Emmer, a right-wing politician who unsuccessfully campaigned to become Minnesota’s governor back in 2010.

In an effort to be impartial, I will tell you that Target does carry other gay artists music including Adam Lambert and Elton John. So do you think Target really stopped carrying Frank’s album because of his coming out letter, or do you think it was the exclusive deal with iTunes that made them jump ship as they are claiming?

Either way, it looks like Frank Ocean is going to rise to the top with or without Target. We hear his album is expected to sell between 100K-120K first week on digital only. That’s double what the label was projecting. Also, instead of the album being in stores next Tuesday, Billboard is reporting that the label has authorized the retailers to sell the album as soon as they receive it.

I guess Frank Ocean won’t be shedding any tears over Target! Take a listen to “4 Tears” by Ocean below – one of my favorite records right now.

  • Pierre Elliott

    I heard the album, and havent really heard his stuff. I heard it, expecting something incredible.
    It wasnt, it was timberland, douth southy techno beats, with ocean with reverb on his voice.

    But still Ocean, go head and do it.

  • $28825362

    I don’t understand why people have to come out as being gay. I also don’t understand why the media be checking for people who are gay. Does it REALLY matter at all? Just make good music and let your body of work speak for itself.

  • Big Ice Bastardman ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Target raised a good point about the iTunes exclusive issue but at the same time, Watch the Throne did the same thing and they have no problem carrying that. 

  • $17637591

    I doubt this is tru cuz Gays runnin shiit. Never heard dudes music except for him on the Throne but its crazy cuz dude singin the hook for “no church in the wild”. Bet he wrote that hook and would love to be in a wild jungle full of homos runnin round stickin each other. Homosexual black men have the HIGHEST HIV RATE of males in any race in the U.S. Closet muthafuckaz is the reason our black women have the highest rate of HIV in the US. They not tellin women theyre gay and infecting them. If your Gay stop being a COWARD, own up to it and stick with other gays & stop infected our women.

    DETROIT HARD HEADZ

    • rep87

      AIDS HAS NO COLOR AND JUST AS MANY WHITES ARE INFECTED DONT TRUST EVERYTHING AMERICA TELL  U !

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  • Pierre Elliott

    HE SHOULD HAVE WAITED TO SAY IT, THIS WHAT I WAS SAYING… BUT HE GONNA MAKE HIS DOE…FCUK TARGET THEY ASS ANYWAY..

  • WillVetterGoodin

    yes, they pulled it cause hes gay… and his “music” sucks anyway.

  • brotha_man

    i cant remember the last time i bought a CD…..so in other words who cares. im not buying or downloading the cd.

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  • they prolly sell lady gaga Cds so why not a frank ocean cd lol..

  • u must really like that car. is it an i-roc lmfao

  • Publicity stunt.
    Only 100K units in the first week? That’s a BRICK.
    Face it: Hip-hop doesn’t want gays. And now we’re gonna all buy from Target. {{-_-}}

    • Big Ice Bastardman ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      100k digital units. It hasn’t released as a physical copy yet.

  • OnlyFaDaReal

    Youtube Lil Neek/Spend the Night. Sounds like something Jigga or Nas woulda been on back in the day. Dis dude flow off da chain!!

  • NO ITS CAUSE HE’S HORRIBLE.

  • $11625525

    It’s a nice album, musically, his lyrics go off a little sometimes, only sings about loving a dude on one track “forrest gump”, the album is real nice though, on the R&B tip; I’ll bump it this summer, till the new Dwele drops in August.

    Hip hop wise, I got my NaS on order so, roll on the 16th!

  • They made the same point I was about to make.  There are plenty of gay artists who have albums in Target.  Maybe it’s because the reason they gave is true, did they think about that?  Stop cryin.

  • Pierre Elliott

    NOPE. TOO MUCH A BIG DEAL WAS MADE ABOUT IT, AND IT BACKFIRED….
    OH WELL FRANK, BLAME THE LABEL AND THE GAY DUDES THAT AMPED YOU UP
    TO SAY IT WAS OK….

    AMERICA IS ALMOST OK WITH A BLACKMAN, BUT A GAY ONE?
    NOPE THATS TOO MUCH FOR THEM.. THEY BARELY COULD HANDLE LITTLE 
    RICHARD, AND THAT MAN HAS TALENT…

  • LOL SYDNY STAYS ON TOP OF THE LATEST “HIP HOP” RUMORS.

  • rep87

    WHO CARES This dude is trying 2 generate a buzz You Suck Sydney Lace for even reporting this,Frank is desperate whats next a leak tape him and some man the industry is pimping this dude and when its over they are going to drop his azz and have a new Buster !

  • TruthSerum

    This is what I CANT STAND about the world. Frak Ocean is gay, so now everything that goes against him is gonna be because he’s gay, GTFOH, and then you print at the bottom that they carry Elton John & Adam Lambert records……….. IF YOU ALREADY KNEW THAT, WHY POST THIS NON-SENSE AT ALL

    Maybe its a business decision that has nothing to do with who or what he takes home at night

  • Def Jam released Watch The Throne on iTunes a week before the physical release. Did Target not carry it?

    • Weedras

      Apparently Target was to have the exclusivity deal to start selling the advanced copies but Def Jam reneged and switched and gave iTunes the exclusivity rights.. hence why target is boycotting

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  • Nevie Thriving Paka

    i like his songs but

  • gay rappers now? how pathetic. mf’s are just soft now to even give this shit a pass

    • Sharif Majied

      grow up

    • $11625525

      If you think he’s a rapper then I think you need to quit listening to hip hop!

  • 4 tears is just a rainbow song like the rest of his shit. 

  • kstaxx

    Any guy who purchase this dude album is a homosexual Aint no Way around it and there is no inbetween.

  • The entire entertainment complex in America is RAMPANT with gay people working and running shyt behind the scenes. This was not surprising. Ain’t heard too much of Frank Ocean music. Da one I listened to with the most clarity was “▲”. Wasn’t really for me.

    Follow @DaRealJoBlakk:twitter 

  • Yet Set Cam

    of course it is

  • jamaicanbornanbreed

    thank lady gaga for showing the secret of success……jus say your gay

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  • Simple solution?

    Wait the week if and see if they carry it?

  • BTV Global, LLC

    WHO CARES ABOUT HIM OR HIS MUSIC. DUDE JUST FIGURED I WANT TO SALE CD’S. PPL JUST HEARD ME ON OTHER PPL SONGS SO LET ME DO THE NEXT BEST THING….TELL THE WORLD I’M GAY.  FIRST WEEK SALES SHOULD BE GOOD NOW…..NOT TO FAST