As we come to the close of 2019, The Boot is looking back at some of the top headlines from the year. Readers can look back and remember the stories that have made waves in the country music world from now until just before Christmas.

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.

In May, Laine Hardy took home a big paycheck, while Dan + Shay re imagined one of their recent hits. On a sadder note, the Turnpike Troubadours made a disappointing announcement.

What else happened in country music that month? Read on for more of May's top stories.