Hear Rihanna’s Aching ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Ballad ‘Sledgehammer’
In a move that unified two seemingly different fan bases, the Rihanna Navy and Trekkies both had reason to celebrate Monday as the third trailer for the upcoming sci-fi epic Star Trek Beyond featured a taste of a new Rihanna song titled “Sledgehammer.”
The moody piano ballad catapults the action in the latest trailer, with the pulverizing nature of the “Sledgehammer” lyrics pairing well with the destruction of the USS Enterprise. “I hit a wall, I thought that I would hurt myself/ Oh I was sure, your words would leave me unconscious,” Rihanna sings on the aching chorus, which sports a monster hook typical of Sia‘s work. Rihanna’s manager confirmed that she penned the track.
Although the track is tied to Star Trek Beyond, “Sledgehammer” has been kicking around since at least May 2014, when Rihanna tweeted to her fans, “You’re just another brick and I’m a sledgehammer.”
This isn’t the first time contemporary music has infiltrated the Star Trek universe: In the reboot’s first film, it’s revealed this iteration of James Kirk is a fan of the Beastie Boys. That group’s “Sabotage” was also used in the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond, due out July 22nd.