Usher's "Confessions" could be on its way to becoming the weekly-sales champion for the Arista label.

Usher's "Confessions" could be on its way to becoming the weekly-sales champion for the Arista label.

After surveying accounts for the week ending March 28, industry pundits are saying that the album has a good shot of breaking the 1 million mark. This puts it in striking distance of Arista's current record-holder, the soundtrack to "The Bodyguard," which sold 1.06 million during Christmas week of 1992 -- its sixth week of release.

Nielsen SoundScan results for last week will be released on Wednesday.

As it was, last week, after just one day of availability, Arista executives said "Confessions" was shaping up to have biggest debut week ever for the label. At that time, projections were in the 950,000-1 million range.

The news comes after most Arista staffers and artists last week were either cut or reassigned within BMG. Usher is among the acts moving under the Zomba umbrella.

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