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Rick Ross, Marshmello & More Join Hot 100 Music Festival Lineup

It's about to go down. 

Rick Ross and Marshmello are the latest performers announced to join Billboard's 2017 Hot 100 Music Festival, which will be held Aug. 19-20 at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater outside New York City.

They join special guest Demi Lovato, who was announced earlier this week, as well as Major Lazer, Big Sean, Zedd, Camila Cabello, DJ Khaled, Gucci Mane and more. Buzzworthy artists Bea Miller, Cash Cash, Ugly God and Playboi Carti are also new additions to the lineup.

This year the Hot 100 Music Festival will also feature an Emerging Artist Stage featuring performances by 14 of the top up-and-coming artists from the Tri-state area with French Horn Rebellion, Yoke Lore, Surf Rock Is Dead and other among them.

The Billboard Hot 100 Festival is produced by Billboard in partnership with Live Nation. Tickets are on sale now, check out the full lineup here and stay tuned for more artist announcements to come.

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In a new interview with People, Blige got candid about her public divorce from her former manager and spouse, Kendu Isaacs. She revealed that despite all of the drama that ensued after she filed for divorce in 2016, she has learned to be "very content" and "happy with myself."

"I learned to be happy with just Mary, just enjoying my own company, me by myself most of the time. I’m grateful," she added.

While Mary has only officially been a single woman since June 2018, she unveiled that a lot of potential suitors have been lining up to get to know her. "There’s a lot," she said when asked about the men vying love. "But I’m very selective. I’ve been in a bad relationship. So if it’s not worth it, it’s not worth it."

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“There’s soo much I’ve wanted to communicate and express over these last few years and I couldn’t think of a better way to do it than through my music,” Varner revealed last Thursday (June 20) in a candid Instagram post. “God continues to amaze me in the way that he has transformed so much of my pain and trauma into power and triumph. I pray that this record heals and uplifts people the way that it has been a part of my healing and #Ellevation.”

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