In response to initial reports, Frank Ocean has confirmed that Target will not carry his Def Jam debut Channel Orange.
Taking to Twitter, the Odd Future crooner wrote that the retail giant has abstained from selling his album when it hits physical retail on July 17th. “album won’t be available at target. blame it on a generational gap. best buy on deck though,” he wrote.
album won’t be available at target. blame it on a generational gap. best buy on deck though.
— frank ocean (@frank_ocean) July 11, 2012
Target released a statement to Fuse earlier today explaining why it would not carry the album. “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,” said a Target spokesperson. “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.”
Channel Orange is projected to sell between 110,000 and 125,000 copies in its first week, based on iTunes digital sales alone.