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Tuesday, 11 September, 2001, 16:22 GMT 17:22 UK
Bob reaches across the world
Bob the Builder
Bob is enjoying an international pop career
Singing children's TV character Bob the Builder has managed to top charts of both sides of the world simultaneously.

After his second single - a version of Mambo No 5 - topped the UK charts at the weekend, his first release has done the same in Australia.

Can We Fix It? rose from number four to number one in Australia on Monday.

Bob the Builder
Bob the Builder: 2000's Christmas number one
The British children's programme character is shown in Australia on the ABC network.

Can We Fix It? reached the top of the UK charts last Christmas and was the biggest-selling single in the UK in 2000, with 1.1 million copies sold.

Bob the Builder's voice is provided by actor Neil Morrissey, famous for his role in BBC comedy Men Behaving Badly.

First album

Mambo No 5, a number one hit for Lou Bega in 1999, was originally written in the 1950s by Cuban Prez Prado and has been used as the theme tune for Channel 4's cricket coverage.

Bob's first album is to be released on BBC Worldwide Music on 1 October.

Bob the Builder is believed to be teaming up with Sir Elton John in a bid to land a second Christmas number one this year.

The jobbing musician is also taking a starring role in the animated show for a festive special.

Bob the Builder
Listen to a clip of Mambo No 5
See also:

09 Sep 01 | Music
Bob mambos to number one
03 Sep 01 | Reviews
Bob's Mambo chart bid
07 Aug 01 | TV and Radio
Sir Elton rocks with Bob the Builder
02 Sep 01 | Music
Blue top the chart
08 Jan 01 | Entertainment
Bob the Builder's chart reign ends
13 Mar 01 | Entertainment
Bob builds US success
11 Dec 00 | Entertainment
Eminem trounces Bob in chart battle
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