"Sledgehammer" – Rihanna [YouTube Official Music Video + Behind-The-Scenes]

Amulya Tadimety

by Amulya Tadimety

Published June 30, 2016

R&B singer Rihanna has released an official music video for "Sledgehammer." The song will be featured in the soundtrack for the upcoming film Star Trek Beyond. Watch it below, courtesy of Rihanna's YouTube, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at making the video.

Rihanna "Sledgehammer" Music Video
"Sledgehammer" Music Video Behind-The-Scenes

In the video, we're taken to a mystical world where we see Rihanna singing the song. Since this is the first music video to have ever been shot in IMAX, there are a bunch of interesting visual effects and bright colors throughout.

"Sledgehammer," a heartfelt anthem with a soaring chorus, is Rihanna's first track written by Sia since 2012's "Diamonds." Sia leaves her signature songwriting mark, with bold lyrics about overcoming adversity that seem apt for an adventure film. The song features sparse instrumentation during the verses, set off by an explosive refrain. Rihanna is pushed to her vocal extremes, and her exceptional high notes and harmonies show off the singer's under-appreciated versatility.

Below, you can watch a short video where Rihanna explain's her love for Star Trek:

"Sledgehammer" is available on Tidal, Spotify, and other streaming services.

For Rihanna's latest music, news, and tour dates, check out her Zumic artist page.

Source: Rihanna VEVO YouTube

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