After a five-month absence, Sydney-based retailer Brazin Ltd has resumed contributing its sales data to the weekly Motorola Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA) charts, it was revealed today (Dec. 11).

Sources tell that the country's largest music retailer quietly began feeding into the charts since Nov. 26. Brazin's music stores include 254 Sanity, 22 HMV and six Virgin Megastores. Label executives estimate their combined music retail market share at 28%-35%.

The second largest music retailer, JB Hi-Fi, has 60 outlets with an estimated 22% market share.

Department stores K-Mart and Target have 170 stores and Big W 120 outlets, respectively.

Brazin stopped supplying data in May when it informed ARIA by letter that it had employed Sydney-based research firm gFk to collect data for its new bespoke daily chart. ARIA interpreted the move as Brazin wanting to be paid for its data -- which Brazin denied.

Today, Brazin CEO Greg Milne told, "We are not really making a big deal about this. We are delighted to be once again contributing data to the ARIA charts. The main motivation for this was our concern at the poor results being continually reported by the industry since our withdrawal from the ARIA charts (coincidental or otherwise)."

He added, "We felt it necessary to redouble our efforts at resolving our issues with ARIA so we can ensure the industry is reporting correct information by ensuring our statistics are once again included."

A brief statement from ARIA confirmed that Brazin sales data is again included in its weekly charts.

"This significant range and volume allows ARIA to confidently report on music retail trends," the statement read. "ARIA is extremely pleased with this outcome and looks forward to a strong working relationship with Brazin."

Meanwhile, this week's chart saw the No. 1 debut of "Boned", the seventh album of cricket commentary sketches by Sydney comedian Billy Birmingham, aka The 12th Man. It was his seventh chart-topping debut. The album has been certified triple platinum for shipments of 210,000 in its first week, EMI Music Australia said.