As we hit the midpoint of 2018, The Boot is looking back at some of the best new music and biggest headlines of the year so far. All this week (June 4-8), readers can reminisce about the stories that have made waves in the country music world throughout the first half of the year. To determine the five biggest stories of each month, The Boot's staff looked at website traffic; the featured stories received the most visitors throughout the month in which they broke.

April 2018 was a month full of triumphs, what with Carrie Underwood returning to the stage, Maren Morris wowing with an unexpected cover, a superstar expanding his family and a thrilling duet between stars. Read on to learn more about the top stories of April 2018.