British music publisher Chrysalis expects to boost its share of income from royalties in 2010, although not quite at the 2009 rate, due to a host of album releases and the surge in demand for Michael Jackson songs.

The British firm, which publishes some Jackson hits including "Thriller" and "Rock With You," posted solid full-year results on Thursday (Dec. 17), beating its own targets for revenues, operating profit and the key net publishing share (NPS).

The group said it expected a boost in the current year from album releases from the likes of David Gray and Athlete and would also receive income from the Beatles' digitally re-mastered catalogs and Jackson's songs.

Chrysalis said in August it had seen a huge surge in the demand for Jackson's work after he died in June.

"We're forecasting growth in NPS but not quite at that size (of 2009)," chief executive Jeremy Lascelles told Reuters in an interview. "[Michael Jackson's songs] will make a contribution although I don't think it will be a distorted contribution to our numbers because we have such a range of artists that are active."

Lascelles said the group had achieved strong results in 2009 following its switch in strategy to take out costs and renew the focus on growing its NPS figure.

The new approach resulted in group revenue rising by 16.3% to £62.9 million ($101.4 million), and normalised operating profit hitting £3.3 million ($5.3 million), from a loss of £1 million ($1.6 million) a year ago.

The NPS figure, a key revenue metric for the group based on royalties, was up by 18.6% at £13.4 million ($21.6 million) on a consolidated basis.

The group expects to see income from its songwriters for the likes of Robbie Williams and Cheryl Cole coming through in 2010, while there is also a solid release schedule for artists including Estelle and Ray LaMontagne.