Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange” album is projected to top the Billboard 200 albums chart next week.
Solely based off digital sales, since physical copies won’t be available until Tuesday, the album is expected to debut with 110k – 125k copies sold.
Following his much talked Tumblr letter, in which he confirmed a past relationship with a man, a decision was made to drop digital copies via iTunes shortly after he performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Monday.
In related news, Target is disputing rumors that they decided not to carry Ocean’s album due to his sexuality, even though he has not openly said he identifies with the labels gay or bisexual.
Following a tweet sent from his rep, Christian Clancy, citing Target’s support of a non-equal rights organization, the retailer issued a statement saying Clancy’s allegations have no merit.
“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,” the statement reads.”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.”
Clancy has since retracted his statement, saying it was a “knee jerk reaction.”
“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 went on to say “our selection of new releases is dedicated to physical CDs rather than titles that are released digitally in advance of the street date.”