NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga’s deal to sell a special edition of her upcoming album at Target is now out of range.
A representative for the singer said Wednesday the two sides “came to a mutual decision to end their overall exclusive partnership a few weeks ago.”
Last month, it was announced that Minneapolis-based Target Corp. would be selling a deluxe edition of the album, to be released May 23, with bonus content.
But gay advocates were concerned about the partnership, citing Target’s donations to a political candidate who was against gay marriage. Gaga told Billboard that her relationship with the retail giant was tied to their “reform,” supporting the gay community and making up for past “mistakes.”
The Advocate reported Tuesday that Gaga wasn’t comfortable with the deal and ended it.
Target released the following statement regarding Gaga’s decision:
“We were very surprised and disappointed by the statements made by Lady Gaga’s organization related to her partnership with Target. Target remains committed to the LGBT community as demonstrated by our contributions to various LGBT organizations, our recently established Policy Committee to review our political giving and our respectful, inclusive workplace environment.”
(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)