Odd Future’s 24-year-old R&B crooner took to his Twitter account to address the issue, writing: “album won’t be available at target. Blame it on a generational gap. best buy on deck though.”
The “generational gap,” Ocean referenced is a response to Target’s decision not to carry the album because of its early digital release. Shortly after, rumors began making their way around the Internet that perhaps the decision was rooted in Ocean’s coming out as a bisexual last week.
Yesterday, Target responded to the brewing controversy in a statement to Fuse, issuing the following statement:
“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 realized digitally in advance of the street date. 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.”
Since then, Odd Future manager, Christian Clancy has retracted his initial remarks regarding the decision in which he tweeted :“Target has refused to carry Franks album due to iTunes exclusive. Interesting since they also donate to non equal rights organizations.” Clancy later wrote “I apologize for my comments about Target. They are not carrying Franks album because it went digital first. Not for ANY other reason.”—XXL Staff