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Does anyone know what does the "feat." mean exactly?

Some song titles have the word "feat" in it, for example "I wanna love you clean Akon feat. Snoop dog".

What does "feat." mean?

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Just featuring. This is used when there is an invited artist on a track.

It is not restricted to music. It was used on film and show billboards. You could also translate this (depending on context, select as many options as appropriate) by

with the (exceptional/gracefully acknowledged/reciprocated/just-passing-by/I-just-so-love-this-guy/requested-by-the-management/i-lost-a-stupid-bet/this-is-my-brother-in-law) participation of

to use a latin-derived word.

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ok btw so will the artist be akon or snoop dog in this case? – Pacerier Jun 1 '11 at 8:48
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Akon would be the leading artist while Snoop Dog is featuring as the invited artist. – Kos Jun 1 '11 at 8:55
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+1 for the i-lost-a-stupid-bet ... (in addition to the +1 for the entire answer...) – awe Oct 28 '13 at 9:50

This is also very common for songs put out by DJs and Producers to identify the vocalist but to not credit the song to them. For instance, you have "When Love Takes Over" (feat. Kelly Rowland) by David Guetta rather than "When Love Takes Over" by Kelly Rowland. This could easily be the identical song, just credited differently.

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+1: You are right. I did not think about this use. – ogerard Jun 1 '11 at 14:07
    
And then it is instantle corrected from NNN - Track (feat. MMM) to NNN feat. MMM - Track musicbrainz.org/doc/Style/Artist/Featured_artists – S Vilcans Jan 26 '15 at 10:06

It means "featuring".

Like for the example you gave, Jay Z will be singing the song, and Linkin Park will have a little segment/part in it. It can be during the song, or just one part.

You hear a TON of people have a little rap section in the song, so that's why you see a lot of "feat. T-Pain" and "feat. Jay Z"

PS...if your song is '99 Problems'(the Jay Z feat Linkin Park one), I think it's actually "Linkin Park feat Jay Z"

Hope that helps!

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