Gia

Album by Despina Vandi
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December 17, 2001
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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. The album has sold more than 200,000 units and stands at five times platinum in Greece. It also stands at four times platinum in Cyprus and gold status in Turkey. Additionally, the album was licensed to 35 territories. 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". 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. 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.
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