R. Kelly’s next album will be called ‘Black Panties’.

The singer – who is currently recovering from surgery, after having an abscess on one of his tonsils drained – announced the title of his next project, saying it will be an “R&B-like thriller album” comparable to his 90s albums, rather than his soul infused last album, ‘Love Letter’.

Referring to the Brad Pitt starring film about a man who ages in reverse, from an old man to a young boy, he said: “I’m on Mission Benjamin Button right now, I’ma turn back time.

“I just did the whole ‘Love Letter’ joint and everybody thinking, `Well, that’s the direction he going now.’

“No, that was a moment in time. Now this ‘Black Panties’ album, I think it’ll be an R&B-like thriller album, if you will.”

Kelly recently posted a video on his website to say he is recovering well from surgery and to thank his fans for all the support they have given him.

In the video he said: “I want to say thanks to all the prayer warriors out there for supporting me, praying for me.

“The doctor said the surgery went well. I know it may not look like it, but it did. I want ya’ll to continue to pray for me, be strong out there. I will be back.”