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Gia is the fifth studio album by Greek singer Despina Vandi that was originally released on December 19, 2001 by Heaven Music. Since release, it has been re-released several times, and has become one of the best-selling albums of all time in Greece. According to the DVD "Guide of the Greek discography" which is compiled privately by Petros Dragoumanos, it is the best selling album for the last 20 years in Greece. In 2010, Alpha TV's "Chart Show" which uses statistics also compiled by Mr. Dragoumanos, ranked the album as the third most successful album in terms of sales in Greece during 1985-2009 and the most successful album from 2000-2009.[1] The album has sold more than 200,000 units[2][3] and stands at five times platinum in Greece.[3][4] It also stands at four times platinum in Cyprus and gold status in Turkey.[5] Additionally, the album was licensed to 35 territories.[2]

Gia
Despina Vandi - Gia.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 17, 2001
Recorded2001-2004, Phase One Recording Studios
Length99:15 (Original edition)
LanguageGreek
LabelHeaven
ProducerPhoebus
Despina Vandi chronology
Profities
(1999)
Gia
(2001)
Despina Vandi Live
(2003)
Singles from Gia
  1. "Gia"
    Released: December 2001
  2. "Christougenna"
    Released: December 2001
  3. "Lathos Anthropos"
    Released: February 2002
  4. "Anavis Foties / Deste Mou Ta Matia"
    Released: April 2002
  5. "Olo Lipis"
    Released: May 2002
  6. "Ela"
    Released: July 2002
  7. "Thelo Na Se Do"
    Released: November 2002
  8. "I Melodia Tis Monaxias"
    Released: December 2002
  9. "Simera"
    Released: February 2003
  10. "Gia (Greek-English Version)"
    Released: October 2003
  11. "Opa Opa"
    Released: June 2004

A re-release titled Gia & Ante Gia Collector's Edition was later released on March 21, 2002 and includes two discs featuring the songs from the original album plus the songs from her CD single "Ante Gia".[6][7] Gia was also later released in the United States by Escondida Music in 2004 as her first international release with a slightly altered track listing. The first single "Gia" reached number one on the US Billboard Club Dance Airplay.[2] Gia was later released in Australia by Central Station and in Romania by Mach 1 in 2004. Following the success of the album, Despina Vandi was awarded as Best Selling Greek Artist 2001 at the World Music Awards which held in Monaco on March 6, 2002.

Track listingEdit

Disc One: Original edition
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Gia" (Γειά; Hi)PhoebusPhoebus4:12
2."Mono Agapi Sou Zito" (Μόνο αγάπη σου ζητώ; I only seek your love)PhoebusPhoebus5:23
3."Lathos Anthropos" (Λάθος άνθρωπος; The wrong person)PhoebusPhoebus4:19
4."Ti Kano Moni Mou" (Τι κάνω μόνη μου; -The things I do- When I am alone)PhoebusPhoebus4:47
5."Thelo Na Se Do" (Θέλω να σε δω; I want to see you)Natalia GermanouPhoebus5:03
6."Ah Kardoula Mou" (Αχ καρδούλα μου; Oh my love)PhoebusPhoebus4:26
7."Deka Meres Deka Nihtes" (Δέκα μέρες δέκα νύχτες; Ten days ten nights)PhoebusPhoebus4:34
8."Olo Lipis" (Όλο λείπεις; You 're always away)PhoebusPhoebus5:06
9."Vges Ap' To Mialo Mou" (Βγες απ' το μυαλό μου; Get out of my head)PhoebusPhoebus5:47
10."Ola Odigoun Se Sena" (Όλα οδηγούν σε σένα; Everything leads to you)Giannis RentoumisPhoebus4:25
11."Anavis Foties" (Ανάβεις φωτιές; Fire starter)PhoebusPhoebus4:23
Disc Two: Original edition
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Pekse Mazi Mou" (Παίξε μαζί μου; Play with me)PhoebusPhoebus4:44
2."Ela" (Έλα; Come to me)Natalia GermanouPhoebus4:23
3."Deste Mou Ta Matia" (Δέστε μου τα μάτια; Blind fold me)PhoebusPhoebus4:05
4."Chrone" (Χρόνε; Time)PhoebusPhoebus4:59
5."To Magazaki Tis Kardias Mou" (Το μαγαζάκι της καρδιάς μου; My heart's little shop)PhoebusPhoebus4:48
6."Ime Ego" (Είμαι εγώ; It's me)Natalia GermanouPhoebus4:10
7."Marameno" (Μαραμένο; Withered)PhoebusPhoebus4:26
8."Kommatia" (Κομμάτια; Pieces)PhoebusPhoebus4:45
9."Kapies Fores" (Κάποιες φορές; Some times)PhoebusPhoebus5:08
10."Christougenna" (Χριστούγεννα; Christmas)PhoebusPhoebus5:22

Music videosEdit

  • "Gia"
  • "Hristougenna"
  • "Anaveis Foties"/"Deste Mou Ta Matia"
  • "Olo Lipeis"
  • "Lathos Anthropos"
  • "Thelo Na Se Do"
  • "Ela"
  • "Simera"
  • "I Melodia Tis Monaxias"
  • "Gia" (Greek-English Version)
  • "Opa Opa"

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Format Version
Greece December 17, 2001 Heaven CD Original
March 21, 2002 Heaven CD, digital download[8] Gia + Ante Gia
Cyprus December 17, 2001 Heaven CD Original
March 21, 2002 Heaven CD Gia + Ante Gia
Turkey 2002 Mega Müzik CD, MC Turkish edition
United States September 7, 2004 Ultra/Escondida CD, digital download[9][10] International edition
Australia 2004 Central Station CD, digital download[11][12] Australian edition
Romania 2004 Mach 1 Records CD Romanian edition
Bulgaria 2004 KA Music Plus MC Bulgarian edition

ChartsEdit

Chart Providers Peak
position
Certification
Greek Albums Chart IFPI[13] 1 4x Platinum[3]
Cypriot Albums Chart Musical Paradise Top 10[14] 1 4x Platinum
Turkish Albums Chart Turkey Charts 1 Gold[5]

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[15]

Cover versionsEdit

  • 2002: Anelia - Pogledni Me V Ochite (Όλα οδηγούν σε σένα; Погледни ме в очите) (Bulgaria)[16]
  • 2002: Azis - Az sam zagadka (Ανάβεις φωτιές; Аз съм загадка) (Bulgaria)[17]
  • 2002: Malina - Obicham Ludo (Γειά; Малина - Обичам лудо) (Bulgaria)[18]
  • 2002: Toše Proeski - Studena (A girl like ice) (Χριστούγεννα; Ledena) (Republic of Macedonia)[19]
  • 2003: Despina Vandi - Gia
  • 2003: Dilek Budak - Aşka Yürek Gerek (Ανάβεις φωτιές) (Turkey)[20]
  • 2003: Jelena Karleuša - Samo Za Tvoje Oci (Γειά) (Serbia)[21]
  • 2003: Mustafa Sandal feat. Natalia - Aşka Yürek Gerek (Ανάβεις φωτιές) (Turkey)[22]
  • 2003: Shohreh Solati - Boro (Γειά) (Iran)[23]
  • 2004: Despina Vandi - I Believe It (Olo Lipis)
  • 2004: Dilek Pinar - Son Şansın (Ona Göre Aşkım) (Τι κάνω μόνη μου) (Turkey)[24]
  • 2006: Asuman Krause - Aşkı Bana Sakla (Δέστε μου τα μάτια) (Turkey)[25]
  • 2006: Asuman Krause - Aşkı Bana Sakla (Mix) (Δέστε μου τα μάτια) (Turkey)
  • 2006: Azizcan - Peri Masalı (Θέλω να σε δω) (Turkey)[26]
  • 2006: Liviu Guta - De Ce Ma Minti? (Αχ καρδούλα μου) [27]
  • 2007: Arkın Çelik - Serden Geçtim (Αχ καρδούλα μου) (Turkey)[28]
  • 2007: G-Flow - Beni Bana Sor (Θέλω να σε δω)
  • 2008: Göknur Onur - Unuttun Mu (Θέλω να σε δω) (Turkey)[29]
  • 2008: Göknur Onur - Thelo Na Se Do (Θέλω να σε δω) (Turkey)[30]
  • 2009: Fulden Uras - Hadi Yüreğim (Θέλω να σε δω) (Turkey)[31]
  • 2009: Yulduz Usmanova feat. Yaşar Günaçgün - Seni Severdim (Θέλω να σε δω) (Uzbekistan)
  • 2010: Spicy Artists - Christougenna 2010 (Χριστούγεννα 2010) (Greece)[32] [Spicy Artists: Elli Kokkinou, Thanos Petrelis, Nino, Panos Kalidis Elisavet Spanou, Ioakim Fokas, Stella Kalli, Spiros Lamprou's Choir]
  • 2014: MadHouse - The Christmas Star (Christougenna Official Re-Edit 2014) (Χριστούγεννα) (Greece)[33]

ReferencesEdit

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  21. ^ "Jelena Karleusa - Samo Za Tvoje Oci (HD)". YouTube. 2009-08-26. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
  22. ^ snipertoledo (2008-01-17). "Mustafa Sandal Feat Natalia - Aska Yurek Gerek". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
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