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Frank Ocean's album Channel Orange will not be sold at Target stores, but the retailer says it's not because of his recent announcement that he is bisexual.

The record has received plenty of praise since debuting early in digital form, and hitting No. 1 on iTunes in 10 countries ... and Target says that's the issue.

The retailer cited the album’s early iTunes release as the reason behind its controversial decision to yank the rapper's album, not Frank Ocean coming out.

F. Ocean

Target denies pulling it due to Ocean's sexuality, saying: “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 decisions are based on a wide number of factors, including guest demand.”

The Target rep continued: “Target has a longstanding tradition of supporting music and artistry that reflects the diverse landscape of American culture."

Ocean - who has been praised by Beyonce and Russell Simmons, yet criticized by others since coming out - and his camp seemed to accept that reasoning.

His manager Christian Clancy backtracked on a now deleted tweet suggesting the retailer had other motivations for pulling the record, tweeting:

“I would like to apologize for my comments about Target. They are not carrying Franks album because it went digital first. Not for ANY other reason.”

As for Ocean, he offered his own analysis and tweeted "album won't be available at target. blame it on a generational gap. best buy on deck though."

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Finally, it was all about the music for Frank Ocean this week.

Following the artist's much-publicized gay admission - which was followed mostly by notes of support, most recently from Beyonce - Ocean left the controversy behind this week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon... and he simply killed it.

With his first-ever solo album, "Channel Orange," available in hard copy on July 17, the singer gave fans a taste with the following rendition of "Bad Religion." It marked his debut television performance. Give it a look and give it a listen now.

What do you think?

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Beyoncé is firmly on Team Frank Ocean.

A week after this R&B singer/songwriter publicly shared a homosexual experience from four years ago, Jay-Z's prettier half has penned a poem on her blog in honor of Ocean.

"Be fearless, be honest, be generous," the ode reads. "Be brave, be poetic, be open, be free, be yourself, be in love, be happy, be inspiration."

Ocean Ode

Ocean's latest album, "Channel Orange," debuted on iTunes last night in advance of its July 17 hard-copy release, while the artist made it clear over Twitter that he has no regrets over telling his story.

"I don't have any [secrets] I need kept anymore," he wrote. "To my first love, I'm grateful for you."

Multiple other stars, such as Russell Simmons, have also come out in support of Ocean, though some rapper named Lil Scrappy made headlines last week for all the wrong reasons, thanking Ocean for coming out because he believes homosexuality is the "doorway to AIDS."

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Following his admission that he has shared a sexual experience with a man, R&B star Frank Ocean has received plenty of support from the music community.

Both Russell Simmons and the rapper Trina have offered Ocean their best wishes.

Now, Lil Scrappy has also gone on record and given Ocean props... but for a very different reason.

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"I'm glad that he came out," Lil Scrappy told TMZ. "So all the real women that love to mess with real men, straight men, we can keep the AIDS situation down, you feel me?"

This artist - who says he would work with Ocean against in an instant - also believes "[homosexuality] is a doorway to AIDS, scientifically."

Well... according to 2009 data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, man-on-man intercourse results in 61% of all new HIV infections. Yes, that's a majority.

But Lil Scrappy might be surprised by how small of a majority his scientific data actually spits out.

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Frank Ocean is a gay man in a very masculine world.

As a result, the hip hop artist - who collaborated with Kanye West and Jay-Z on their joint album - has faced a bit of scrutiny over his announcement earlier this week, in which he opened up about an affair with a man four years ago.

Trina on Stage

Fortunately, music mogul Russell Simmons came to Ocean's defense, and now a rapper named Trina has done the same.

"He's extremely talented and that's what matters," Trina tells TMZ. "I don’t think [Frank's] music sales or the level of support his music obtains should be judged based on his sexual preference.

"If he’s happy and comfortable with his sexuality then so be it. I feel his decision to come forward was bold and honest. It’s his life. Let him enjoy and live it. I wish him much success and happiness."

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A day after Frank Ocean admitted to the world that he has shared at least one sexual experience with a man, music mogul Russell Simmons has come out in full support of the R&B star.

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In a Global Grind entry, the Def Jam Records founder reached out to Ocean and wrote:

Today is a big day for hip-hop. It is a day that will define who we really are. How compassionate will we be? How loving can we be? How inclusive are we?

I am profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean. Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear. These types of secrets should not matter anymore, but we know they do, and because of that I decided to write this short statement of support for one of the greatest new artists we have.

His gifts are undeniable. His talent, enormous. His bravery, incredible. His actions this morning will uplift our consciousness and allow us to become better people. Every single one of us is born with peace and tranquility in our heart. Frank just found his.

Frank, we thank you. We support you. We love you.

That pretty much says it all, doesn't it?

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Perhaps spurred on by Anderson Cooper, Frank Ocean has become the first hip hop star to openly address his bisexuality.

In a Tumblr post this morning, the rapper - who is part of the group Odd Future and who worked with Kanye West and Jay-Z on "Watch the Throne" - wrote:

Four summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too.

We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I'd see him, and his smile.

Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating to the women I had been with, the ones I cared for and thought I was in love with.

I don't have any secrets I need kept anymore ... I feel like a free man.

In response to the brave admission, Tyler the Creator has Tweeted:

"My Big Brother Finally F***ing Did That. Proud Of That N***a Cause I Know That Shit Is Difficult Or Whatever."

We might have used different language, but we echo Tyler's sentiment.