Rihanna: Star Trek Has Always Been Part of My Life

In a new video, provided to us by Paramount, pop superstar Rihanna talks about what Star Trek means to her and shares her inspiration for the new song “Sledgehammer”.

“Star Trek has been a part of my life, since I was a little girl.” Rihanna recalls. “My dad really is the one who introduced me to Star Trek. It took me one episode to fall in love with this other world that I couldn’t understand but I felt like I could relate to.”

“I was always very curious about the characters and the storylines. You always felt emotionally connected to the characters and what they were going through.” the 28-year-old Barbados-born musician said.

“This is something that’s be a part of me since my childhood. So it wasn’t like doing a song for any random film. I love Star Trek — I would do anything, in terms of music.” she continued.

“This song, it needed to be big and impactful,” she said of “Sledgehammer”, which dropped on Monday with the film’s final trailer.

Check out the entire video with Rihanna below.

Directed by Justin Lin, written by Simon Pegg, Doug Jung, Roberto Orci, John D. Payne and Patrick McCay, Star Trek Beyond stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on July 22 after premiering during San Diego Comic-Con on July 20.

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  • you are a disgrace

    dear paramount, why piss us off even more?

  • Tom Benton

    Shes never seen an episode in her life.

    • Kevin Rubio

      Speaking as someone who was directly involved with the marketing of the video, and a childhood friend of the producer of the video, I can say unequivocally that your assertion is flat out WRONG.
      That’s her T-shirt, from her closet. There would be no way in the world we could get one of the hottest singers on the planet to say she was a Trekkie, if she wasn’t.
      It is something that she shared with her dad, like many kids. This kid just happened to grow up and become “Rhianna”.
      I find your comments mean spirited, judgmental, and small minded — the complete antithesis of the ideals behind STAR TREK.

  • Conrad Stonebanks

    And not a single episode was ever seen…

  • Michelle

    Dear other commenters:
    Is there a rule somewhere saying that female pop stars can’t like Star Trek?

    • Conrad Stonebanks

      Just accuse us of misogyny and be done with it.

      • Kevin Rubio

        More like a “dick” would be the proper descriptive, sir.

        • Tom Benton

          Calling people names is within the spirit of Star Trek? I’m commenting on what I see. That video seems like her involvement is a marketing stunt. But you know more than me.

  • Teresa Landreth

    it does seem to be more of a marketing stunt, but who knows? i am a lifelong trek fan, some quibbles with the newly designated “Kelvin timeline” and lensflaritus.

    we have seen this many times, people claiming to be this, when they in fact ARE NOT, easy noticed by lack of basic knowledge. i could care less. if i like the music, i listen to it, there are very few performers (i say that because singing is the LEAST thing that sells albums today) i follow just because of who they are, and they only get that way by getting my attention with their SINGING TALENT REPEATEDLY.

    lots of girls are trek fans, we get judged for so a lot keep it hidden, i know some girls who know more than i do, some know less. i am good with alternate trek because i am a long time gamer for the ONLY other authorized Trek Universe, that of Star Fleet Battles, later made into a video game called Starfleet Command. whole new races ships, etc. i used to read all the books, but not in the last ten years, with other series, it has gotten too much, $$ and time wise.

    but here is the key point to take from this all.

    while some hate or dislike or barely tolerate the new trek/jjtrek/kelvin timeline-universe, a lot of the “new” fans have never seen anything BEFORE the new movies you have to remember. just like anything, change is hard for some to accept, the bigger the change, the harder the fight. all fans have a valid point, its from THEIR POINT OF VIEW, and every person is different. you cant make radical changes and expect immediate obedience or saint hood because it carries a name, especially if the product is similar in name ONLY, or has changed so much its not even close to the same. to me it would have been better to just go with different characters, all the star trek series were different

    like the new series, i probably will NOT watch it. i refuse to pay for something, AND have commercials in it. tv when free has commercials, to PAY for it. paying AND forced to watch commercials, to me, is pure greed on the part of those selling the access to BOTH SIDES, also the fact that most other countries will be getting it FREE OF CHARGE, means the US and maybe canada will be the only countries having to pay for the honor of watching the new series, which personally i find appaling. now if they guarantee no commercials, thats one thing, but other monthly pay services have commercials for “tv” shows. so i am not expecting any more from CBS.