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‘Beyond’ Gets Pop Single … From Rihanna

For the first time in nearly 40 years of movies, Trek finds musical tie-in

If there is one way to get the attention of young people looking for something to do the weekend of July 22, hearing a Rihanna song play over the closing credits of a Star Trek movie might just do the trick.

Apparently that’s what Paramount Pictures is aiming for with the release Monday of a new single by the singer called “Sledgehammer,” which Entertainment Weekly said would be part of the official “Beyond” soundtrack.

The song will debut on Apple’s iTunes Store at 8 a.m. ET, according to the magazine. Details of the song were not yet available, but The Verge speculates the Barbados-born singer could have been working on the lyrics for at least two years.

“Fan source Rihanna Diaries discovered a tweet from 2014 with the lyrics ‘you’re just another brick and I’m a sledgehammer,'” according to Verge reporter T.C. Sottek.

The single is not included on Rihanna’s latest album, “Anti,” which was released this past January through Westbury Road and Roc Nation. That album already has spawned three singles: “Work,” “Kiss It Better” and “Needed Me.”

The 28-year-old first broke into the music scene in 2005 with “Music of the Sun” on Jay Z’s label, Def Jam Recordings. She would make it big in 2007 with the hit single “Umbrella.” She has since sold more than 200 million records.

Although Star Trek movies have used pop songs in the past — like the Beastie Boys for both “Star Trek” and “Star Trek: Into Darkness” as well as Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride” for “Star Trek: First Contact” — this would be the first time a Star Trek movie was used to debut a new pop single.

It’s not clear how the song will be used in “Beyond,” but will likely be heard over the closing credits.

“Star Trek: Beyond” opens in theaters July 22.

UPDATE: Watch the third and final trailer for “Star Trek: Beyond” featuring Rihanna’s new single right here.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Related Topics: Star Trek: Beyond  T.C. Sottek  Rihanna  Jay Z 

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