Christina Aguilera’s seventh studio album Lotus is out and receiving better reviews than Bionic, but will that translate to album sales? Bionic was considered a commercial debacle and sold only 110,000 copies out of the gate. Since X-Tina is much more visible now thanks to her weekly stint on The Voice, she has a better platform to launch a new album. Just look at her co-judge Adam Levine who currently has the longest-running single of 2012.

Before I get to Christina’s numbers, I wanted to chat briefly about One Direction. The British boy band sensation also released a new album this week. In fact, it’s their second one of 2012. According to Hits Daily Double (which is pretty spot on usually), Take Me Home is on track to move 525,000 to 575,000 making it a sure thing to land No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart next week. Clearly, X-Tina isn’t going to match that number but will Lotus bloom for Auggie? Find out below.

find out Christina’s projected sales numbers after the jump

James Franco To Play Famous Serial Killer

In: Movies, Patrick

Hollywood favorite, James Franco recently told the true story of heroic mountain climber Aron Ralston in the highly acclaimed film, 127 Hours. Now, the sexy star is set to tell another true story, but this time, a much darker role. Franco will be playing the satanic serial killer Richard Ramirez, otherwise known as “The Night Stalker,” which will also be the name of the film. Not only is he starring in the film, he’s also directing it.

In 1985, Ramirez went on a sexual assault and murder spree in Southern California. Once caught, he was found guilty of 13 counts of murder, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries. He is currently on death row. The film will tell the story of how he came to be a serial killer.

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