Stop The Presses!

R. Kelly Ready to Return to ‘The Closet’

Stop The Presses!

By Jon Wiederhorn

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Less than a week after releasing his new single "My Story" from his forthcoming album Black Panties, R. Kelly has told TMZ that the new chapter in his seven-years-and-counting video saga "Trapped in the Closet" will be released in just "a couple months."

Kelly was on his way out of the Sony Music offices in Midtown Manhattan when he told the reporter that the most anticipated video – at least for Kelly fans – since the new season of "Breaking Bad" is on the way.

Behind-the-scenes footage for the upcoming episode revealed Kelly in a goatee, sporting guns and visiting secret clubs.

Since 2005, Kelly and Jim Swaffield have co-directed 33 chapters of "Trapped in the Closet." The series stars Kelly, Eric Lane, Tracy Bonner, and others as complex characters whose dramatic lives intersect amongst tales of intrigue and deceit. The first five chapters were tacked onto Kelly’s 2005 album TP.3 Reloaded. Chapter One was released as the lead single for the album.

Due to the rampant success of the clips, more were filmed and Jive released a DVD of the first 12 parts of the series in 2005. Two years later, Chapters 13 to 22 came out on DVD and were showcased on the Independent Film Channel and streamed on IFC's website. The last season, Chapters 23 to 33, was released on DVD in November 2012.

The first 22 chapters of "Trapped in the Closet" were released on VEVO last year and by May, each episode had averaged over one million views. Kelly accumulated the same kinds of numbers when he streamed the series on his YouTube channel.

As excited as fans are about the continuation of "Trapped in the Closet," right now Kelly is focusing on his newest material. On July 30 he released "My Story" (which features 2Chainz) on iTunes, and on August 2 Kelly tweeted, "I wanna hear your story in celebration of my new joint #MyStory. Tweet at me fam:…"

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