The Star Trek film and television franchise is not, historically speaking, a vehicle for hot young artists to debut new singles. But Rihanna and the people behind the upcoming Star Trek Beyond have changed all that with “Sledgehammer,” as heard in the new trailer for the movie.
Not to be confused with the Peter Gabriel song of the same name, “Sledgehammer” is a far cry from the music most people associate with Star Trek—like the theme song, maybe, or the song of the whales in Star Trek IV. Instead, it sounds like a Rihanna song, which is cool and will probably be good for a lot of sheltered Trekkies out there.
You can see the third trailer for Star Trek Beyond, featuring “Sledgehammer” by Rihanna, below. And if you like the song, you can find the full track on Spotify (even if you’re not a Spotify Premium subscriber) right here.
Here’s the trailer: