Gia is a 1998 biographical HBO film about the tragic life and times of one of America's first supermodels, Gia Marie Carangi. The film stars Angelina Jolie as Gia and Faye Dunaway as Wilhelmina Cooper, with Mercedes Ruehl and Elizabeth Mitchell. It was directed by Michael Cristofer and written by Cristofer and Jay McInerney. The original music score was composed by Terence Blanchard.
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 album of all time. According to the DVD "Guide of the Greek discography" which is complied 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 (400,000 discs) 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.
"Gia" is a song recorded by Greek singer Despina Vandi. It was originally released as the lead single off her 2001 multi-platinum Greek album also of the same name. Vandi signed with Ultra Records for the international release of the track, and in 2003 a CD single was made available in many markets, following by a 2004 US re-issued which included a new English-language version.
"Gia" (A Greek meaning for the word "Hi") is best known for its blending of Arabian drums, Modern Laika, Eurodance-influenced techno beats and bilingual lyrics. It is also the first foreign-language Dance recording to top the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay chart, where it peaked at number one in 2004.
"Gia" stayed on the charts of Billboard for 12 weeks and made Vandi one of the six artists that stayed so many weeks on the charts for 2004.
The track has also been mashed-up with another Vandi single, " Come Along Now", which was released in 2004 as "Come Along Now Vs. Gia". It is featured on the Ministry of Sound's "The Annual 2005".
According to the Greek "Chart Show" and IFPI, the song is in the third position in the Top 30 with the best songs of the most successful Greek artists during 2000-2009.
The song has also been used by Romanian gymnast Catalina Ponor in her floor routine at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens where she won the gold medal.
Gia is a most likely English female name, used as short for the Italian name Gianna (English Jane).
Gia is G protein coupled receptor in aorta. G-protein-coupled-receptors (GPCR) have a characteristic arrangement of seven transmembrane portions that culminate in an extracellular N-terminus and intracellular C-terminus More than 200 different GPCRs can be found in Drosophila. GPCRs activation is facilitated by the g-proteins Gα, Gβ, and Gγ. Drosophila have a relatively small number of G-proteins, making them a useful model for the study of GPCR outcomes. Drosophila have a cardiac structure called the dorsal vessel that comprises a tubular structure with a cardioaortic valve and aortic-like outflow. Genes important for cardiac development in Drosophila include NK2, MEF2, GATA, Tbx, and Hand.
Gia (also known as Mthl5) encodes a G protein coupled receptor (GPCR) that is essential for cardiac development in Drosophila. Deletion of this gene interferes with cardioblast junction proteins, resulting in a broken hearted phenotype similar to other heterotrimeric cardiac G protein mutants. Gia is expressed at stage 13 within bilateral rows of cardioblasts, but during stages 13–15 anterior cardioblasts demonstrate increasing expression while posterior cardioblast expression decreases. By stage 16, Gia expression occurs only in aortic cardioblasts and is not present in the posterior segment cardioblasts. Gia expression only occurs in the aorta and is presently the only gene known in Drosophila with a strictly aortic expression. This gene is also known as Mthl5 (methuselah-like G protein coupled receptor) and is part of a gene family found in insects but not vertebrates. Overexpression of Gia in a transgenic fly model did not cause any cardiac defects.