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Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
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8. Frank Ocean, 'Channel Orange'

When Target declined to stock Frank Ocean's eagerly anticipated debut album, Channel Orange, their reasoning raised more than a few eyebrows. The chain claimed that Ocean's rush release on iTunes factored into its decision, but some suggested the company – noted for its support of anti-gay activists – had a problem with Ocean's open discussion of his sexuality. Nonsense, claimed Target: their decision-making takes into account "a number of factors, including guest demand." Safe to say at this point that Ocean's critically and commercially successful album has handily met the test of "guest demand."  

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