"Sledgehammer" is an earthy ballad for an out-of-this-world story.

By Hayden Wright

Last week, eagle-eyed fans noticed an iTunes Store ad teasing a Rihanna track called “Sledgehammer” from the Star Trek Beyond soundtrack. Now the song is officially here, and it’s an earthy ballad fit for intergalactic turmoil. “Sledgehammer” appears in a new Star Trek Beyond teaser and is available to stream and purchase on major services.

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The release comes soon after the tragic death of Anton Yelchin, whose “Star Trek family” endorsed the single as a bright spot through dark times. Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the rebooted franchise, wrote “after such an unimaginably sad week for our star trek family – @badgalriri brings some light into the darkness.”

View the new trailer and stream “Sledgehammer.”

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