June 26, 2016


Rihanna to Release 'Star Trek Beyond' Single 'Sledgehammer': Report

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UPDATE (6/26): Rihanna announced on her Instagram that she will release "Sledgehammer," her contribution to the Star Trek Beyond soundtrack, tomorrow. She shared this teaser video, shown below. 

Original story (6/24): Is Rihanna planning to drop a new single? According to fans with very keen eyes, the Bad Gal reportedly has a song on the forthcoming Star Trek Beyond soundtrack titled "Sledgehammer." the rumors surfaced after this advertisement banner popped up in the U.S. iTunes store:

The news doesn't seem far-fetched though, as Rihanna is a fan of the Starship Enterprise. Her recent sunglasses collaboration with Dior is inspired by the franchise and she even appeared in a video that was played during a 50th anniversary fan event back in May.

This is the first time there's been a pop single associated with a Star Trek film. There's been some "contemporary" music used in a couple of the movies (Beastie Boys, Roy Orbison, Steppenwolf), but this is new territory for the franchise. No confirmation yet of the single's release date from Rihanna's team, but Star Trek Beyond will hit theaters July 22. It will mark Anton Yelchin's first posthumous release (he plays Pavel Chekov) since his tragic death.

After checking out the new Star Trek Beyond trailerclick here to read our complete guide to the anticipated film.