Mollie's Feel-Good Feed: From boy bands to Bridgerton

New year, new recommendations

Mollie's Feel-Good Feed

New year, new recommendations

Welcome to Mollie’s Feel-Good Feed, a place where each week Mollie King shares her round-up of the things bringing her joy in these strange and uncertain times. Check back each week for uplifting music, self care tips and, hopefully, a smile being put on your face.

Well here we are then. Hello 2021! Not quite the start we were after, but hopefully a step closer to the light at the end of the tunnel. I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well. I really look forward to giving you more reasons to smile and as many music, TV and self care recommendations as possible for your wellbeing. I’ve definitely missed writing this over the holiday period and I've been asking for your suggestions too on my Instagram account, which have been great and I can't wait to feature them in this column.


I have to start the year with one of the most exciting new artists right now: Japanese-British singer Rina Sawayama. She’s released a track that will have us all jumping out of bed and feeling uplifted. Lucid, which was produced by iconic pop producer, Bloodpop, has elements of his previous work, Rain On Me with Lady GaGa and Ariana Grande. Sounds good already doesn’t it? This song could almost be the second part to that - you can hear it even 30 seconds in. 2021 is currently calling out for some joy and I believe it has already been delivered here. If Sawayama keeps releasing songs of this calibre, she’s one we'll need to watch closely. Dancing shoes at the ready.

If boy bands are your thing, look no further than Why Don’t We. This American boyband have amassed a massive five million followers on Instagram alone and a whopping three billion streams. In line with their much-loved guitar driven sound, Slow Down feels like a mix of John Mayer and Niall Horan (the dream for many a pop fan). They first appeared in 2016 and since then they've bagged a Teen Choice Award and Ed Sheeran has co-written some of their songs. Fans have been on the edge of their seats waiting for their second album, The Good Times and the Bad Ones. Luckily for them, it was released today.


If country/folk music is more your thing, how does the arrival of Taylor Swift’s ninth album Evermore sound? Released unexpectedly it was a most welcome surprise for country music fans all over the world, especially as it comes just five months after its sister album, Folklore. Perfectly in tune with the world we're living in right now, this album is soft and heart-warming - everything we need right now. It has had rave reviews and scored a number one hit in both the UK and US. The deluxe version was released last week - if you haven’t yet sat down to listen, I would very much recommend it.

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With Lockdown upon us again, Netflix is becoming a good friend of ours. You know what I mean don’t you… The friend we turn to in quieter times, the one who takes our minds off what’s going on and gives us some much-needed escapism. Most importantly, it's a non-judgemental friend (apart from when it asks: “Are you still watching?”). And this good friend of ours has gifted us with Bridgerton, the new must-watch period drama. With its modern day take on Regency London, this series, produced by Shonda Rhimes (of Grey’s Anatomy and How To Get Away With Murder fame), is one full of romance, drama and scandal!

Self Care

January has always been a month I’ve dreaded, with the post-Christmas blues and very little sunshine in sight. However, I now use it as a time to throw myself into a challenge. For many of you, fitness is the go-to January task, and mine has elements of that too. For the second year in a row I’ve set myself a new year challenge of being active every single day. No ifs, no buts. This doesn’t necessarily mean running 5K (heavens, I can barely run to the end of my road), it can be anything to keep my body, but equally my mind, active and healthy. One of the biggest things I’ve taken from 2020 is how much of an impact fitness has on how I’m feeling day-to-day. And with that knowledge I’m getting one step ahead with this. My exercise varies from simple squats and lunges in the living room, to walking my dog Alfie in the park. From spinning on my Peloton, to 20 minutes of a virtual yoga class.

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For my mental health, above anything else, it has kept me motivated and happy, which are two feelings that seem hard to come by right now. Take up the challenge with me on my Instagram account and let me know how you’re mixing up what you’re doing each day. It's always lovely to hear from you!

Mollie King

Mollie King rose to fame as one-fifth of the multi-platinum selling girl band, The Saturdays. The last few years have seen her become a Radio 1 DJ, present across flagship TV shows and a campaign in Parliament.

During her time in The Saturdays, the group sold over five million records worldwide, achieving 13 Top 10 singles and five Top 10 albums. The band also embarked on four nationwide tours and had three primetime TV series, including Chasing the Saturdays for E! which aired in over 40 countries.

In 2018, Mollie turned her hand to presenting and after guest presenting for several weeks on Matt Edmondson’s Radio 1 show, she was offered a permanent role at the station. The duo began hosting the Matt & Mollie Weekend Breakfast show and 2021 moved their new afternoon slot. Mollie also presents her own Friday morning show Best New Pop, sharing music from her most loved genre. After only six months into her role at Radio 1, Mollie won the silver award for ‘Best New Presenter’ at the 2018 ARIA Radio Academy Awards.

In addition to Radio, Mollie has also guest presented This Morning several times, including a month-long stint in the summer of 2018. She’s covered the entertainment slot on Lorraine, and guest presented on Blue Peter. In 2019, Mollie hosted The Greatest Dancer podcast for the BBC. She also presented the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, alongside Greg James and Maya Jama, which aired on BBC2. Mollie also took part in the 15th series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2017, making it all the way to the semi-finals.

Away from her TV and Radio work Mollie writes a weekly column for Marie Claire magazine, ‘Mollie’s Feel Good Feed’ and has worked with numerous brands including Estée Lauder, L’Oreal, Amazon, GHD and Aspinal of London.

Mollie is a proud ambassador for the Dyslexia Association, a learning disorder she was diagnosed with as a child. Mollie is very passionate about campaigning for early diagnostic tests in schools, as well as funding to support children through education with Dyslexia and spoke about this in Parliament in 2019.

Mollie is also a Born Free anti-captivity ambassador, has worked closely with the charity Mothers2Mothers and traveled to Ghana in 2014 with REDD charity to help raise awareness and funds for HIV.