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How to Cite a Musical Recording in APA


Songwriter F.M. (Copyright year). Song title [Recorded by F.M. Last (performer’s name/musical group)]. On Album title [Medium of recording]. City, State of label: Record label name.

Note: If the songwriter and performer are the same person, leave out the bracketed data [Recorded by _______] following the song title.

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Note: Songwriter information can be found in the digital booklet or the CD sleeve (if you’re old school!).


Turner, A. (2013). Do I wanna know? [Recorded by Artic Monkeys]. On AM [MP3 file]. London, England: Domino Records.

Note: In-text citations, include band or track numbers (Turner, 2013, track 1).

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