Neon Hitch

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Neon Hitch
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Neon describes her sound as “vintage-gypsy-pop,” and Carmen Miranda is one of her major influences.
Background information
Birth name Neon Hitch
Born (1986-05-25) 25 May 1986 (age 27)
Origin Nottingham, United Kingdom
Genres Pop, electropop, dance pop, electro-rock, pop rap
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels The Beats, Warner Bros.

Neon Hitch (born 25 May 1986) is a British singer and songwriter. She was signed to Mike Skinner and Ted Mayhem's label, The Beats, before it closed down.[1] She was later discovered on MySpace by Benny Blanco who flew her to New York City to work with him. Their work together earned her a music publishing deal with EMI and a record deal with Warner Bros. Records.[2] She is currently finishing up her debut album.

Early Life[edit]

Born in Nottingham before moving at a young age to the countryside east of London,[3] Hitch resented her parents for her birth name, Neon, and wanted to change it to something more conventional.[4] Her father was a lighting technician.[1] When their house burned down, her mother, Irene Gardiner, bought a caravan to live in.[2] They then began street performing, making and selling jewelry and clothing around Europe, and consequently, she never attended school.[3] By the age of four, Hitch was traveling and performing with the Archaos circus. At age of ten, she began writing poetry which led to her writing lyrics.[1] Her boyfriend noticed that she could sing and encouraged her to hone her singing.[5] By the time she was in her teens, Hitch was trained as a trapeze artist, fire swinger and stilt walker and had performed across Europe.[3] Her family was featured in a BBC documentary.[4] At the age of sixteen, Hitch moved to India for a few years before resettling in London to start her music career.[3]

Music Career[edit]

2010–12: Beg, Borrow and Steal[edit]

Hitch began recording her debut album, Beg, Borrow and Steal in March 2010 with Blanco.[1] Hitch has also been working with producer Greg Kurstin.[6] She released promo single, "Get Over U", co-written by singer Sia, for free in January 2011. This was followed by "Silly Girl", "Bad Dog" (which was intended to be the first single of the album) and "Poisoned with Love", the latter which appeared in Teen Wolf and Now That's What I Call Music! 40. She also released a series of covers and mash-up covers of songs by other artists, including Wiz Khalifa's "On My Level", Waka Flocka Flame's "No Hands" and Kreayshawn's "Gucci Gucci". Hitch was also featured on "Ass Back Home" by Gym Class Heroes, which has peaked at number twelve in the Billboard Hot 100. Hitch's released the debut single, "Fuck U Betta"[7] and another single "Gold", co-written by singer Bruno Mars.

2013–present: Happy Neon and 301 to Paradise[edit]

On 7 January 2013 Neon announced her EP title Happy Neon which was a collaboration with producer Happy Perez. Happy Neon was released for free through on 14 January 2013.[8] On 12 November 2013 Neon Hitch was featured on [9] where she revealed that she and her team had completely scrapped the Beg, Borrow and Steal album because she said she "felt there was not enough of my soul in Beg, Borrow and Steal" and discussed the release of a mixtape called 301 to Paradise in early 2014. Hitch says that the mixtape is a very good preview of what is going to come out on her brand new debut album being released in 2014. On Tuesday 3 December 2013 Neon Hitch announced that her new mixtape, 301 to Paradise, will be released on 3 January 2014.[10] The mixtape was produced and co-written by NYC-based hip-hop group and songwriting duo Kinetics & One Love, and features two verses from rapper Kinetics. Neon Hitch revealed that some of her favorite songs on the mixtape include "Some Like It Hot" and "Red Lights."[11] Hitch says "Red Lights" is about her "Bonnie and Clyde experience in India."[11] On 25 December 2013 Neon released "Some Like It Hot" as the first song from the 301 to Paradise mixtape. On 31 December 2013 she released a snippet of "Gypsy Star"[12] and on 2 January 2014 a snippet of "Red Lights",[13] both songs from the mixtape. 301 to Paradise was released on January 03, December for free on her website.[14][15]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details


Title Details
Happy Neon[8]
301 to Paradise[9]


Title Year Peak chart positions Album


"Fuck U Betta"[A] 2012 1 29 17 58 Non-album singles
"Gold" 1


As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Follow Me Down"
(3OH!3 featuring Neon Hitch)
2010 36 89 Almost Alice
"Ass Back Home"
(Gym Class Heroes featuring Neon Hitch)
2011 9 5 1 24 10 15 11 12 The Papercut Chronicles II

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Get Over U" 2011 Non-album singles
"Bad Dog"
"Some Like It Hot" (featuring Kinetics) 2014 301 to Paradise


Song Year Artist Album
"Stupid Love Letter"[1][24]
(background vocals by Neon Hitch)
2009 Friday Night Boys Off The Deep End
"Blah Blah Blah"[1][25]
(featuring 3OH!3)
2010 Ke$ha Animal
"Traces" Sky Ferreira As If!
"Made in America"[26] 2013 Cimorelli Made in America

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"Derek" (Streets Remix) 2007 Mike Skinner[27]
"What's Urban"[28]
(Wan-Cee featuring Neon Hitch)
2009 Unknown
"Take It Off" (K$ N' Friends Version)[29] 2010 SKINNY
"Get Over U" 2011 Jason Bergh[30]
"Ass Back Home"
(Gym Class Heroes featuring Neon Hitch)
Dugan O'Neal[31]
"Fuck U Betta" 2012 Chris Applebaum[32]
"Gold" (Lyric Video) PotsNPans[33]
"Pink Fields" 2013
"Midnight Sun"


Year Type Award Result
2012 NewNowNext Awards Brink of Fame: Music Artist Won


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Senior V.P. of A&R Kara DioGuardi Signs Neon Hitch to Recording Deal with Warner Bros. Records". Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  2. ^ a b "Neon Hitch: Review". Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  3. ^ a b c d Collar, Matt. "Neon Hitch: Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  4. ^ a b Bark, Theo. Neon Hitch Trades Circus Life for Music Industry – Top 100 Acts at SXSW 2011. Spinner. March 1, 2011.
  5. ^ "Meet Amy Winehouse's room mate, Neon Hitch". Friedmylittlebrain. 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  6. ^ "Neon Hitch Shows Who's 'Betta' with First No. 1 Solo Hit.". 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  7. ^ “Fuck U Betta” coming January 6, 2012
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  16. ^ Neon Hitch Shows Who's 'Betta' with First No. 1 Solo Hit. (2009-09-14). Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
  17. ^ a b Billboard charts
  18. ^ "Neon Hitch – The Official Lebanese Top 20". 
  19. ^ "Neon Hitch – Swedish Charts". Hung Medien. 
  20. ^ "Neon Hitch – Australian Charts". Hung Medien. 
  21. ^ "Neon Hitch – Irish Charts". Hung Medien. 
  22. ^ "Neon Hitch – Norwegian Charts". Hung Medien. 
  23. ^ "Neon Hitch – New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. 
  24. ^ "((( Off the Deep End > Credits )))". allmusic. 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  25. ^ Interview: Neon Hitch. June 15, 2010
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  27. ^ Video derek van NEON HITCH – Myspace Video. (2006-09-26). Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
  28. ^ Wan-Cee ft. Neon Hitch "What's Urban?". YouTube. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
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  30. ^ Warner Bros. Records new artist Neon Hitch | UX Entertainment. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
  31. ^ Gym Class Heroes: Ass Back Home ft. Neon Hitch [OFFICIAL VIDEO. YouTube (2011-12-09). Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
  32. ^ Neon Hitch – Fuck U Betta [Explicit Version. YouTube. Retrieved on 2012-03-25.
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