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Target Won't Sell Frank Ocean Album: Retailer's LGBT Stance Questioned

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Mega retailer Target's actions have again raised questions about the company's position on gay rights now that it has decided not to sell the highly-anticipated new record by R&B singer Frank Ocean, who recently made headlines by announcing that his first love was another man.

Target, the second-largest discount retailer in the United States, said that the company's decision not to stock Ocean's critically-acclaimed new record Channel Orange, due to hit stores July 17, was made because the singer's label Def Jam 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 less to do with the iTunes exclusive, and 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.

The initial deal would have made Target the sole retailer of the exclusive expanded edition of Lady Gaga's Born This Way. That album went on to sell over two million copies in the U.S. and was one of 2011's top-selling records.

Billboard reports that Channel Orange is set to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 next week with sales of 100,000 to 120,000 copies. It is currently the number one album being sold on iTunes.

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Target 'Surprised and Disappointed' by Gaga's Decision to Break Partnership

FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Target says it's surprised that Lady Gaga has backed out of an agreement to release a special edition of her new album, Born This Way, through the retailer. Gaga reportedly nixed the deal because she disagreed with corporate donations Target had made to what she saw as anti-gay politicians, and Target's alleged refusal to promise not to make future donations to groups and candidates who oppose LGBT issues.

In a statement obtained by E! Online, Target said, "We were very surprised and disappointed by the statements made by Lady Gaga's organization related to her partnership with Target." It added, "Target remains committed to the LGBT community as demonstrated by our contributions to various LGBT organizations, our recently established Policy Committee to review our political giving and our respectful, inclusive workplace environment."

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Lady Gaga Pulls Out of Target Deal over LGBT Issues

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga's plans to offer a special edition of her upcoming album exclusively through Target have apparently been canceled.

As previously reported, Gaga had some issues with the company's stance toward gays, and sources tell The Advocate that it was ultimately enough to sour the deal.

Last year, gay activists were angered when it came to light that Target had donated corporate funds to a political action committee that supported an anti-gay candidate, Tom Emmer, in a failed bid for the governorship of Minnesota.

The source tells The Advocate, "[Gaga] and Target didn't see eye-to-eye on Target's policy of political donations and how they affect the LGBT community."

Gaga told Billboard last month that part of her agreement with Target was that they "have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they've made in the past."  However, E! is reporting that Target refused to promise that it would never again support an anti-gay politician or group.

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Lady Gaga Partners with Target for 'Born This Way' Release

Photo Courtesy - Poloroid Corp/PR NewsWire Photo(KISSIMMEE, Fla.) -- Lady Gaga is teaming up with Target to offer fans an exclusive deluxe edition of her forthcoming disc, Born This Way -- and a freebie.  Starting this Friday at 9 a.m. ET and running through February 26, fans who pre-order the album at will receive a free download of the title track. 

As previously reported, the title track will hit digital retailers Friday morning, but why pay for it if you can get it for free with the pre-order?

Target's exclusive deluxe edition of Born This Way will include three bonus studio songs and five remixes.  The album will be released May 23.

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