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I just wanted to know for a collaborative song, what are the factors affecting which artists to be credited as the lead artists and which artists to be credited as the featured artist.

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When supportive artists are invited to work on an album they are featured on the record. It is more like a description of what happened rather than a status. The lead artist is the one responsible for the creation of the album or at least developed the inital idea/concept for the album.

However artists can agree on different forms of attribution, like "Artist XY & Artist Z" or with many artists collaborating, a comma-separated list might be used. There is a legal basis for that in most national copyright laws (or equivalents) which specify that the creators determine how the attribution will look.

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