“Sledgehammer” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna. It was released on 27 June 2016 as a single to promote Star Trek Beyond. It plays during the film’s closing credits but is not included on the film’s soundtrack. The song was written by Sia Furler (Sia), Robyn Fenty (Rihanna) and Jesse Shatkin. A music video for the song was released on 30 June 2016, and shows Rihanna performing magical acts on a foreign planet. The video was shot entirely on IMAX cameras.
The song was written collaboratively by Rihanna, Sia Furler and Jesse Shatkin. Rihanna and Sia had previously worked together on her 2012 song, “Diamonds”.
A new trailer for Star Trek Beyond featuring “Sledgehammer”, was released on 27 June 2016, the same day that the song was released. Rihanna subsequently said that she had been a fan of the Star Trek franchise since she was a child, after being introduced to it by her father. She explained that “This is something that’s been a part of me since my childhood, it’s never left me, I love Star Trek. It was automatic. I would do anything in terms of music. It’s such a big deal not only as a fan, as a musician… because Star Trek is such a big deal across the globe.”