Frank Ocean in his appearance on Jimmy Fallon's late night show (NBC)
(WXIA) -- Target has announced that their stores would not be carrying Frank Ocean's debut studio album, "Channel Orange" after the album was released on iTunes a week early as an iTunes exclusive.
While company officials said the decision was a business decision, Target is catching some heat for the decision, with critics insisting the move was due to Ocean's recent coming out announcement.
The album was released on iTunes a week earlier than initially planned after a surprise Ocean appearance on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" Tuesday. As a result of the early release, traditional brick and mortar retailers would end up losing sales during the week following the iTunes release.
In a Target statement quoted by the Los Angeles Times, the retailer said their decision had nothing to do with Ocean's sexuality.
"The claims made about Target's decision to not carry the Frank Ocean album are absolutely false," the statement said.
In the past, Target has caught flak after donating $150,000 to a Minnesota group backing a gubernatorial candidate who was against supporting equal rights for gay citizens. The company was criticized after a shirts the store sold in celebration of Gay Pride Week were only available online, and not in stores.