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13 July 2012, 16:19
The company denies its decision follows the rapper's recent revelation about his sexuality.
Frank Ocean's new album 'Channel Orange' is not being sold by Target, it has emerged.
The US retailer said it had pulled out after Ocean decided to release the album early via iTunes.
Initially, the rapper's manager suggested on Twitter that the decision was connected to Ocean's recent admission that his first relationship was with a man.
But Target angrily denied the accusation in a statement released via Billboard, calling them "absolutely false".
He added: "Target supports inclusivity and diversity in every aspect of our business. 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."
The company added: "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."
Frank Ocean's manager Christian Clancy has since apologised for his comments about Target.
He wrote on Twitter: "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."
Frank Ocean's new album 'Channel Orange' is out now.