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MLA 8th Edition Style Guide - Music & Podcasts

CD or Album

Examples:

Taylor, James. Greatest Hits, Rhino, 2004.


Nirvana. Nevermind, Geffen, 1991.


Bach, Johann Sebastian. Art of Fugue, performance by Emerson String Quartet, Deutsche Grammophon, 2003.

Specific Song on CD or Album

Examples:

Taylor, James. “Carolina in My Mind.” Greatest Hits, Rhino, 2004.


Nirvana. "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Nevermind, Geffen, 1991.

Music Found on Website

Examples:

Morris, Rae. “Skin.” Cold, Atlantic Records, 2014, Spotify, open.spotify.com/track/0OPES3Tw5r86O6fudK8gxi. Accessed 19 Sept. 2016.


Beyoncé. Lemonade, Parkwood Entertainment, 2016, www.beyonce.com/album/lemonade-visual-album/?media_view=songs. Accessed 22 Sept. 2016.

Live Performance

If the source is an unexpected type of work, you may identify the type with a descriptive term at the end of the citation. The following examples use this optional element.

Examples:

Paisley, Brad. Country Nation College Tour, 10 Oct. 2015, Wake Forest U, Winston-Salem. Concert.


McCartney, Paul. One on One Tour, 4 Oct. 2016, Golden 1 Center, Sacramento. Concert.

Musical Score

If the source is an unexpected type of work, you may identify the type with a descriptive term at the end of the citation. The following examples use this optional element.

Examples:

Vivaldi, Antonio. Concerto in D, adapted for guitar solo by Charlie Byrd, Columbia Music, 1970. Musical Score.


Chopin, Frédéric. Complete Ballades, Impromtus and Sonatas, Dover Music Publications, 1 Sept. 1981. Musical Score.

 

Podcast

If the website name where you accessed the podcast is essentially the same as the publisher, there is no need to list it twice.

Examples:

"The Problem We All Live With." This American Life, performance by Nikole Hannah-Jones, 31 July 2015, tal.fm/562. Accessed 14 Sept. 2016.


"The First Presidential Debate." NPR Politics Podcast, 27 Sept. 2016, National Public Radio, www.npr.org/podcasts/510310/npr-politics-podcast. Accessed 28 Sept. 2016.

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