Answered By: Elyse Wolf
Last Updated: Jan 31, 2019     Views: 3466

The general format for citing a recorded song is:

SongwriterLastName, SongwriterFirstInitial. (Copyright year). Title of song [Recorded by PerformerFirstInitial. PerformerMiddleInitial. PerformerLastName if different from songwriter]. On Title of album [Medium of recording]. Location: Label. (Date of recording if different from copyright date)

Note: If the songwriter and Performer are the same leave out the section: [Recorded by SingerFirstInitial. SingerMiddleInitial. SingerLastName]

For example (don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines): 

Ball, F., & Angel, J., & Fenty, R. (2016). Love on the brain [Recorded by Rihanna]. On Anti [CD]. Los Angeles, CA: Westbury Road. 

For more information please see the APA Blog's post "How to Cite Recorded Music in APA Style (+ Playlist)."

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