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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 15 hours ago

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 (the jay z feat linkin park) is '99 problems', i think it's actually "linkin park feat jay z"

hope that helps!

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feat. = featuring :)

I had the same trouble with it

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While your answer is not incorrect, it would need some more elaboration in order to be really useful. Especially since there is already a high voted answer that has a full in-depth explanation. Still, welcome to stackexchange! –  Lee White Jul 29 '14 at 6:15

My dilemma was when I heard la la la by naugty boy feat. Sam smith prior to hearing either of their music. I assumed that naughty boy was the singer and Sam Smith featured there somewhere. After hearing more of Sam Smiths songs I realised that sam Smth was actuallysinging most of the song. Same as when I heard the female voice in Calvin Harris's song. A bit confusing when youre hearing a song for the first time on radio. My question is what defines when a musician takes the credit and when they do not?

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