New Video: Rihanna – ‘Sledgehammer’

Published: Thursday 30th Jun 2016 by David

Another day, another Rihanna video.

The Bajan belle is going gun-blazing in an attempt to make up for commercial slow burner that is her new album ‘ANTI.’

Over the last few months, the 28-year-old has been releasing a slew of songs not featured on the set (which has thus far only spurned the hit ‘Work’ and the promising ‘Needed Me’). The latest is the Sia spun ‘Sledgehammer.’

Lifted from the ‘Star Trek: Beyond’ movie soundtrack, the single is being given an all-out push.

At the top of the hour, it was launched in IMAX Theaters and now it’s available to watch online. And we’ve got the first play. Check it out below…


Though the number and its supporting visual aren’t ‘ANTI’-related, they showcase the growth and artistic maturity Rihanna sought to flaunt with the album’s material.

With this in mind, we’re hoping the positive response this is sure to garner will encourage her to drop more of the same on the album’s follow-up.

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  1. Mariah The Legend June 30, 2016

    SLAY MY BABY!!!!!!!!

    • Soft Touch June 30, 2016

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      • Tori June 30, 2016

        Is this David?

    • IG : @mixedboy June 30, 2016


    • Him June 30, 2016


      • What Now June 30, 2016

        I wouldn’t call it a rip off, but they Def have similarities

  2. iSpeakTruthNoFallacy June 30, 2016

    That’s one s*xy ass alien…

    • Truth(honey Adel is a has been like nicki) June 30, 2016


  3. What you say boy! ? June 30, 2016

    Yass girl! I love it! Give props to where it’s due. I’m just excited to see more women of color winning. ? I see I’m early so I’m praying in Jesus name this post doesn’t get ugly! ?? throwing holy water on this post ??

  4. Mark jones June 30, 2016

    I wish they didn’t make her head look so big though……????

    • What you say boy! ? June 30, 2016

      Her head is beautiful! Fierce and high fashion. Most people only see American beauty but this is called high fashion slay babe?✌?️

      • Christina Aguilera June 30, 2016

        It’s random. I would have enjoyed watching some kind of maya choreo with not only her… it would have been greater if at the point was joined in her moves by some girls just doing the same gigs and at also wanted to see some skin.

  5. S****** Blonde June 30, 2016

    It’s kind of boring but still cute, she looks great as always, that girl is gorgeous ???

    • Annalise June 30, 2016

      It looks like the Madonna Frozen vid, just with a red hue. As a Madge stan, i thought you would have picked up on it. WAKE UP!

  6. iLoveMusic June 30, 2016

    I love Rihanna, but this song is boring… & the video does absolutely nothing to help it. Try again!

    • Ughhhh June 30, 2016

      You are probably sitting on your couch right now as this girl is winning. Go to school for production or film hunty and go produce and contribute to better material instead of providing your uncreditable opinion. What did you want a dance scene? This song is inavaitive and fits the primise of the Star Trek film perfectly. In other words, get yo life!

      • iLoveMusic June 30, 2016

        Lol! You mad cause this song is worst than every song on that sorry & wack Anti album? & I didn’t expect her to do anything in this video, cause all of her videos are boring to be honest. She’s really just all hype, & it seems like she needs Drake to stay relevant these days. I miss the old Rihanna… the one who dropped music, without worrying about sales. After Unapologetic went Platinum, she stop putting quality in her music. & this is the comment section of a blog, so it’s quite retarded for you to say I shouldn’t give my opinion… even though I just gave you facts. So you can suck on every alphabet & punctuation I just wrote. Lol! Getting mad at me cause your fave ain’t what she use to be… Kii!

      • Ughhhh June 30, 2016

        Mad? Where? Lmao and when did I state Rihanna is my fave? Suck on every alphabet and punctuation? Bless your heart. lmao ???

  7. B_Roni June 30, 2016

    I love this video. Makes me wanna go outside and channel energy to lift up some dirt. Lol she so beautiful.

  8. jlove June 30, 2016

    next #1 i love the song and video

  9. B_Roni June 30, 2016

    If the video is boring to some that’s fine but you can’t blame Rihanna and that’s your opinion. She is humble and that’s what I like . She respects other people work. If it’s for her album she doesn’t demand for it to be done her way. She sits back and listens and respect others creativity and work. That’s why you never hear anyone say it’s difficult working with Rihanna

    • B_Roni June 30, 2016

      If it’s not for her album*

    • iLoveMusic June 30, 2016

      It’s not hard for her to work with others, because she doesn’t work… she doesn’t write & she doesn’t produce…

  10. Katy Perry > Rihanna June 30, 2016

    Not feeling it. Just focus on your flop tour now riri we’ve had enough of your singles.

    • Ughhhh June 30, 2016

      Tell Katy Perry to hop off a dîck for a while and make a new album so we can listen to her mediocre I need a catchy chorus and some reject Halloween costumes in order to produce a hit ass.

      • SWISH June 30, 2016


    • jdek June 30, 2016

      lollll PRESSED HIVE your all so pathetic

  11. Jamon June 30, 2016

    Nice visual, but of course TGJ has to throw some shade. She has 4 top 10 singles this year alone, I think that’s more than your Favs. Not to mention 1,000,000 copies of Anti were given away.

    • GoGoYubari June 30, 2016

      YES!!!! Give them the car facts hunty. Rih been breaking records, slaying the charts and ANti managed to go #1 twice, meanwhile NONE of Lemonade’s songs are even in the top 10 or 20 and the album was only #1 for 1 week. You think as big as Beyoncé is no one would have topped her. Oh well

  12. mikey June 30, 2016

    “Which has only spurned the hit Work”?

    Like really David?

    This site is f****** ridiculous. Needed Me is a top ten billboard single – #3 on the R&B charts and top 3 on both urban and rhythmic airplay charts.

    This website hates Rihanna so much you will try to fool you readers into believing anything!

  13. BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 June 30, 2016

    I love the visual! The song is blah… However vocally she sounds good!

  14. Katy Perry > Rihanna June 30, 2016

    I wonder why sia didn’t sing it tho, this is all her. Rihanna is so uncreative and gets praised for other people’s sweat. That’s one thing that bothers me about her. I don’t like her at all.

    • mikey June 30, 2016

      Whitney Houston and Celine Dion have never written a song a day in their life! But You trying to come for Rihanna? Girl Bye!

      • KenyaInFormation June 30, 2016

        But you forgot, who Whitney and Celine are, vocal powerhouses, unlike Miss Fenty.

    • SWISH June 30, 2016

      lmfaoo you stan katy perry .. someone who makes songs as if she is still in her late teens or early twenties

  15. Katy Perry > Rihanna June 30, 2016

    Zero talent, just full of controversies and cheap desperate gimmicks to further her career. Thankfully some fans have turned away from her because her tours here in Europe aren’t doing so well.

  16. Surprise..(DEC 2013) June 30, 2016

    A try hard mess…it looks lyk a bootleg leg version of E.T by Katy Perry.

  17. RihNaj June 30, 2016

    This visual slay! It’s like Avatar shipped with only girl in the world but 10x better ☺️??

  18. B_Roni June 30, 2016

    Maybe you should go research the word that your using. Talent basically means having a natural skill. The definition of skill means having the ability and capacity acquired through deliberate, systematic, and sustained effort to smoothly and adaptively carryout complex activities or job functions involving ideas (cognitive skills), things (technical skills), and/or people (interpersonal skills). If we are going by the true meaning of this word, then Rihanna has talent. Unless your referring to an opinion. Those are two different words and meanings.

    • B_Roni June 30, 2016


  19. Everyone’s A Critic June 30, 2016

    And this is the closest thing to Star Trek I’ll ever watch ??? but all jokes aside this song and video bangs.. You can always hear Sia even when she isn’t singing the song. Her writing style is just so distinctive. She’s almost iconic! You know a Sia song when you hear it

  20. ilovemusic June 30, 2016

    I see I need to change my name as someone else also has the same name lol, but I love it Rih. Great concept for this video! And you look amazing but what’s new?

    • Danzou June 30, 2016

      LOL its some f** being petty as usual. Someone else did the same thing to me they’re so annoying..

      • ilovemusic June 30, 2016

        Lmao who ever it is could have had it first, and just doesn’t post alot. I just got on this site a few months back. However, I’m just going to separate myself because I don’t do stan wars, and arguing on a blog about two women (Rih) and (Bey). I love them both and I don’t see the point in arguing about them. This blog just keeps me posted on all new music which I like. Because I really hate how they do Rih on here.

  21. Smile! June 30, 2016

    Sia obviously wrote the song for Rihanna. They’re both getting paid. I love that Rihanna is so versatile and tries new things. This video to me is an art piece.

  22. Smile! June 30, 2016

    Reminiscent of Madonna’s Frozen. <3

  23. Smile! June 30, 2016

    And Anti spawned 4 top 10 hits, far from being a “flop”.

  24. © Centurion ::. June 30, 2016

    The song is a masterpiece. Love the vocals. Amazing visuals and energy. This is absolute perfection.

  25. MsYonce June 30, 2016

    I guess ! Her videos aren’t exciting anymore no shade or anything and the song I can’t get into

  26. MsYonce June 30, 2016

    She doesn’t sound like SIA to me

  27. La Perra June 30, 2016

    Slay Alien Queen!
    I wonder if this song will be a top 10 hit for her?
    I like it but I don’t… I’m torn…
    Needed me will be a top 5 maybe even a number 1 in the US and TIWYCF is a Global Smash so plz save the tired shade TGJ.
    This b**** has 4 top ten hits off her latest album.
    Deal with it.

    • B2B June 30, 2016

      name the 4 top 10s off anti…

      • La Perra June 30, 2016

        I meant this era.. But she will have atleast 4 – 5 hits off this album… Plus Let’s not act like FourFiveSeconds didn’t happen, then Work, Needed Me, This Is What You Came For I… and she has 2 more on the way… Too Good is coming and by the looks of it it’s going to be big.

  28. Mother June 30, 2016

    I swear if she wins an Oscar for this song, the fumes and sheer meltdowns that would occur. I’d be here for every single bit of it!

    • KenyaInFormation June 30, 2016

      LOL the deluion

      • © Centurion ::. June 30, 2016

        What delusional RoachHive? Rihanna wrote the song (songwriting credits) and it’s a film soundtrack (Best Original song). Put two and two together and voilà. Such an incredibly moronic stanbase.

    • MsYonce June 30, 2016

      She probably will get an Oscar for it they like these slow boring ass songs no shade but it’s true lol.

      • BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 June 30, 2016


        She won’t get an Oscar for this song trust me.. This will come and go!

      • Mimi June 30, 2016

        Gurl if the muppets can win an Oscar for best song I’m sure Frih can

  29. Rihboy June 30, 2016

    No other artist currently can, or will. Nobody has done anything remotely close to this. First to premiere in iMax! The visual itself was clean cut and stimulating. This avatar/last air bender Jupiter ascending tease is real. The fact that she can do a visual on her lonesome without a thousand twerking dancers, jumping off buildings, and or chasing people with bats speaks volumes. Nothing out is on this scale of production sorry.

    • BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 June 30, 2016

      Girl please, Rihanna gave 1 good visual this entire era now all of a sudden she the biggest and baddest lol???? Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Bjork, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Madonna, Micheal Jackson, Janet Jackson, and Beyoncé have all done amazing videos long before Rihanna. Rihanna can’t twerk, dance, or keep up with 1,000 dancers which why she never do in her videos. All she been doing lately is exposing her breast!

      • BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 June 30, 2016


        A hit dog will always holler, which is whyyou responded! I told no lies and you will deal!

        Now go help Anti tour rise from #8 last I checked she trailing behind 90’s has been Ricky Martin… Now you & Pheadra can both have a seat ????

      • Rihboy June 30, 2016

        Nothing like this though is my point. Beyonce? Please spare me. She doesn’t have anything to wow about video wise. Especially when it’s all stolen. All thee others do t currently have video out. Yes they all had great videos. But as of currently nobody has released anything quite in this level cgi wise . So read and understand. Bey will never and could never.

    • Molly June 30, 2016

      Kiii throw DAT shade.

    • King B June 30, 2016

      You better try again. Single ladies was shot with only two dancers and and a very low cost and it is one of the best video of all time. Y’all navy love to brag anything about Rih, especially her videos, but in reality no one remembers her videos like Baby One More Time, Thriller, Bad Romance and the thriller of this decade that sparks a dance craze all over the world, THE LEGENDARY SINGLE LADIES.

  30. What you say boy! ? June 30, 2016

    I just came back to burn sage ??and throw some holy water in this post. ??
    ?I see the devil moving and I can feel it’s about to get messy!! Lord Clean out all the trolls in your name!??
    Let the post say amen!

    • Terny June 30, 2016

      Haha.. tht sage ain’t workin.. dis post is already messy

  31. SWISH June 30, 2016

    lmfaoo if i was a katy perry stan, I’d be pressed af too

    • BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 June 30, 2016

      Nobody is itching for Katy’s return! She is one of those girls that always get lost in the shuffle! She is clearly not being missed!

  32. MrEntertainment101 June 30, 2016

    If some may think that Rihonda’s video is boring, please do not blame her. She had nothing to do with the creative concept o my the video, or the treatment or the songwriting or the budget or the wardrobe or the makeup. With that being said, I do like the song. It’s hot in my opinion but I’m not a fan of her. She is a puppet to say the very least. Whenever she puts her creativity to something, it’s usually not that creative i.e.; work music video. Shaking her as* and wyning her hips is a Caribbean thing so it’s typical. And most importantly basic. However, I will be listening to this song because I actually like it.

    • Danzou June 30, 2016

      Lol “rihonda”

  33. Molly June 30, 2016

    She deserves an Oscar #LegendShit

  34. RealNegro June 30, 2016

    Love the song, but the video gives me E.T. vibes. It’s definitely not creative. But can we get into Rihanna’s improved vocals. I love it.

  35. Stephy June 30, 2016

    Slay Me Miss Fenty!

  36. Career Ender June 30, 2016

    well well well rihonda…. I’ll watch the video next month + it will be firat time listening to the song too

    no stream help from me

  37. Career Ender June 30, 2016

    mrEnteetainement thanks for the name “rihonda”

  38. #JACKIE June 30, 2016

    Dry. This will not be her 15th #1.

    • Bitchpleaseeee June 30, 2016

      Nobody thought work would be a number 1 neither but it did so watch this space and dont speak too soon. ????

  39. RihYonce June 30, 2016

    Love the video !

  40. Metzo June 30, 2016

    I love it. Amazing visuals

  41. Annalise June 30, 2016

    A complete carbon copy of Madonna’s ‘Frozen’ music video. Don’t blame GonnoRÏHea because Madge’s original visual is ICONIC, but it’s beyond PATHETIC that she has RIHcycle concepts from actual Legends at this stage of her career. Also EYE AM SCREAMING @ that struggle ponytail (which is her actual hair length mind you)! Don’t force it rih!!!!!!


    • FASHION_ICON ~ Anti&Lemonade June 30, 2016

      There is nothing alike …
      Every artists are not Beyoncé to steal all the time .
      What you want to do not gonna work

      • Annalise June 30, 2016

        Watch the video again you imbecile, there is clear similarities

  42. King B June 30, 2016

    The song and the visual was OK. But still, my favorite video of her is Man Down. The song is flawless.

  43. Hives still scared of R8 June 30, 2016

    Wow embrace that iconic forehead RiRi!

  44. No favs, just here for the music June 30, 2016

    ummmm what is she supposed to be dressed as?

  45. LadyS June 30, 2016

    I like it. Get it Rihanna boo. The visual yesssssssss.

  46. Royalkev June 30, 2016

    I must say that I hear maturing vocals from Rihanna on this one! I don’t care for the song much, but I see why the Navy are pleased! I personally think ‘American Oxygen’ and ‘Towards the Sun’ were the “big vocal” songs from this era that could have fared better if promoted more aggressively, but Rihanna get points for delivering to her fans her best vocal reference since ‘Stay’.

    • LadyS June 30, 2016

      I’ve always read and appreciate your comments. We are both Bey fans but we can give Rihanna her props.

      • Royalkev June 30, 2016

        Thanks! 🙂 Being a Bey fan, people often analyze your praises and criticisms of females and are quick to believe it’s coming from a personal place. I judge music simply as a music lover/listener. Honestly, I also don’t even want to magnify the hate and play up competition between Bey and Rih (especially when they’re the only 2 black women achieving commercial success these days). I’m pro-Bey in every way and that doesn’t mean I have to worry about what other artists accomplish. I actually don’t think Bey and Rih are even in each others way tbh…

  47. M El June 30, 2016

    Beautifully done RiRi???

  48. The truth June 30, 2016

    You guys realise that Rihanna wrote this and Sia cowrote it

  49. ow Reddish tran ivy blokz Need UK timely Ukuyi June 30, 2016

    Awesome video and song

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