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Jason King
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Associate Professor and Director of Global Studies, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, New York University
 

Jason King, Ph.D is Associate Professor and the founding faculty member at New York University´s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. A journalist, musician, DJ and producer, he worked alongside music impresario Clive Davis to help build and develop the program and he served as the program´s first Interim Chair, Associate Chair and Artistic Director. In those roles he has been at the epicenter of pop music for the last two decades, helping train and develop a steady stream of contemporary pop music stars. Currently the Director of the program´s Writing, History & Emergent Media Studies area, Jason has been teaching classes on popular music history, the music business and the social aspects of music technology for many years at New York University, as well as teaching at NYU campuses in Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Jason is also the current Director of Global Studies at the Clive Davis Institute, and he curates Future Pop Music Studies, an innovative study abroad program in Berlin. Jason’s essays on music figures like Luther Vandross and Roberta Flack have been published in numerous anthologies and edited collections, and he is the author of The Michael Jackson Treasures, a 2009 Barnes and Noble exclusive biography on the King of Pop, which has been translated in more than 7 languages. He is a regular contributor to publications like NPR, Pitchfork, Billboard, Buzzfeed, Slate and Red Bull Music Academy Daily, and Vice and he hosted Soundtracks: The B-Sides, a CNN podcast in conjunction with CNN´s original series on popular music and politics. He has been an expert witness in copyright infringement cases for Jay Z, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Kanye West and others, and he has appeared in many music documentaries, including Spike Lee´s critically acclaimed *Bad 25* and *Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall*. He was the host and co-producer of NPR´s Noteworthy, a series on the creative process of music superstars, as well as the curator of NPR&B, NPR´s 24/7 R&B radio channel, and he´s the writer, producer and bandleader of the New York based retro-dance music supergroup Company Freak. Follow him on IG and Twitter at @jasonkingsays

 
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